Springfield MO Sept 10 2022
Officials say an inmate from the South Central Correctional Center in Licking, Missouri, who was convicted of second-degree murder for killing a Cox North Hospital security guard in Springfield in 2008 died Tuesday morning.
Jeffrey Bolden, 55, was serving a life sentence in prison for kicking 62-year-old Monte Ruby in the back of the head. Ruby, who was a security guard at Cox North Hospital had been attempting to restrain Bolden after Bolden sustained some injuries during police officers’ pursuit to arrest him.
Several days after the encounter, according to previous News-Leader reporting, Ruby collapsed and ultimately died. The Greene County Medical Examiner determined that Ruby had died of serious injuries to his brain stem, ones that are believed to have been inflicted by the single blow from Bolden.
Bolden was found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action by a Boone County jury — the trial was moved after a motion for a change of venue — and a judge sentenced him to life.
Bolden was more than 10 years into his sentence when he was taken to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield this week where he later died. According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, Bolden died of natural causes.