Alaska jail inmate jumps to death from balcony

Posted: Tuesday, January 04, 2011

ANCHORAGE — An inmate jumped to his death from a balcony at an Alaska jail last weekend.

The Anchorage Daily News reports no foul play was suspected in the death Saturday of 44-year-old Ralph Kosbruk, a registered sex offender convicted in 2005 of attempted sexual abuse of a minor.

Kosbruk had been taken into custody at about 11 a.m. Saturday for a parole violation.

Officials said Kosbruk jumped from a second-tier balcony at Anchorage Correctional Center East a few hours later and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The state medical examiner’s office has requested an autopsy.

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