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Prison Inmate Dies Unexpectedly

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Montana State Prison authorities say inmate Ronald James Ward Jr. was unexpectedly found dead in his cell Wednesday night.

Prison officials say the 47-year-old was found in his cell in the high security housing unit just after 6 p.m. Wednesday night and was transported to the hospital where he died one hour later.

Ward was serving a 100-year sentence for deliberate homicide out of Ravalli County.

He was also charged with assault on a peace officer and rioting with possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner.

Prison officials say Ward's death was unexpected, but they do not suspect foul play.

His body will undergo an autopsy at the state crime lab.

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