Shawnee County OKs $45K Settlement In Jail Lawsuit

By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)
By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ 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.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 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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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal


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