Corrections Employee
Harold Edward Rice
Indiana Department of Correction
Wednesday, December 29, 1976

Age: 60
Served: 14 years
Badge #:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, December 29, 1976
07:45 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
1 Park Row, Michigan City
Incident County:
LaPorte
Incident Township:
Michigan
Weapon Used:
Blunt object
Suspect Disposition:
• Died in prison
• Died in prison
Burial Place:
Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City

   Corrections Employee Harold Rice was beaten to death at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

   An inmate clerk reporting to work at the prison's laundry found Corrections Employee Rice on the floor having been brutally beaten. He had been struck on the head 13 times with a blunt instrument and was taken to the infirmary where he was pronounced dead.

   A 23-year-old male inmate, who was serving 2 to 21 years for involuntary manslaughter, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison where he died in 2014.

   A 29-year-old male inmate, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison where he died in 2009.

   Corrections Employee Rice, who was the laundry foreman at the facility, previously served as a correctional officer at the prison for 6½ years. He was survived by his wife.


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This officer, discovered in 2007, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Indiana Department of Correction.

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