- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana State Prison Warden Michael Fletcher was fired before the end of his 12-month probationary period.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Judy Beck confirmed the firing Tuesday, but did not give a reason.

Fletcher’s hiring was announced in March 2017. The previous warden, Leroy Kirkegard, retired on April 14.

He came to Montana after serving as superintendent of a maximum security juvenile detention facility in Las Vegas. He also previously served as warden of operations at the Ely State Prison, a maximum-security facility in rural Nevada.

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