Inmate death under investigation in McCracken Co., KY

Inmate death under investigation in McCracken Co., KY
KSP is investigating the death of a McCracken County Jail inmate. (Source: Luca, Giacomo)

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - The death of a McCracken County Jail inmate is under investigation.

According to Kentucky State Police, Ronald G. Ledbetter, 35, of Smithland, was found hanging in his cell by McCracken County jail staff.

Preliminary results from the autopsy indicate the death was suicide and no foul play is suspected.

KSP reports Ledbetter was serving a sentence for operating a motor vehicle under the influence alcohol/drugs first offense, wanton endangerment first-degree and unlawful transaction with a minor second-degree.

Ledbetter also had an indictment warrant out of Anderson County for first-degree rape victim under 12, first-degree sexual abuse victim under 12, first-degree sexual abuse and complicity to unlawful transaction with a minor first-degree, illegal controlled substance under 18.

The jail staff reported to KSP that they found Ledbetter in his cell and immediately began first aid until medical crews arrived.

Medical crews rushed Ledbetter to an area hospital. He later died on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 12:16 p.m.

The death investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.

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