Shawnee County OKs $45,000 Settlement In Jail Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Shawnee County Commission has approved a settlement that calls for paying a former inmate $45,000 in damages for a severe hand injury that occurred while she was being held in the county jail.

Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved the $45,000 settlement, which is $30,000 less than former inmate LaStacia Elliott requested in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit petition says Elliott's right had was severely injured in 2009 while she was being held in jail and that she had to have portions of her fingers amputated, leaving three fingers with severe disfigurement.

With the settlement, the county acknowledged that Elliott was hurt in the jail but denied negligence.

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