Convicted Murderer Given Administrative Segregation

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Wednesday, September 12 2007 Sep 12, 2007 Wednesday, September 12, 2007 4:59:40 AM CDT September 12, 2007 in News

JEFFERSON CITY- Convicted murderer Ryan Ferguson has been given his own area, separated from the other inmates at the Jefferson City Correctional Center, after officials found "dangerous contraband" in his cell.

Ferguson was given a number three violation on August 17th and now he is being placed in administrative segregation.

The 22-year-old is in custody at the Correctional Center and is serving a 40-year prison sentence following the 2005 second-degree murder and first-degree robbery of Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt.

Fergusons segregation came the same week that the Missouri Supreme Court ruled it would not hear a direct appeal of Fergusons conviction.

Ferguson claims he is innocent and is expected to file an additional appeal.

Officials have not released what was found in the cell, citing security concerns.

Ferguson will remain in administrative segregation until at least Sept. 19

He has been moved to administrative segregation before.

Last February, prison officials found postage stamps taken from the Fulton Diagnostic Center, where he was in custody immediately after his conviction.

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