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Thu May 30, 2019, 03:58 AM

Family of inmate who died of dehydration in jail cell paid $6.75 million settlement

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee County and the company that formerly provided health care at the jail have paid $6.75 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the estate of Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration in his cell in 2016.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported the proposed settlement in January. The payments, about $5 million from the county and $1.7 million from Armor Correctional Health Services, have now been made.

Lawyers for the estate said it was the largest jail death settlement in Wisconsin history and one of the largest in the nation.

"This settlement reflects not only the profound harm suffered by Mr. Thomas and his family, but also the shocking nature of the defendantsí misconduct in shutting off this manís water and ignoring his obvious signs of distress as he literally died of thirst," the lawyers said in a joint statement.

Read more: https://www.reporternews.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/29/6-75-million-settlement-paid-terrill-thomas-jail-dehydration-case/1275283001/
(Abilene Reporter-News)

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