$250,000 settlement in Missouri inmate's death

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(JOPLIN, Mo., AP) — The mother of a man who died in a southwest Missouri jail after being strapped in a restraint chair for several hours has settled her lawsuit against Jasper County and other defendants.

An attorney for Jane Brown of Joplin says she received $250,000 in her lawsuit over the December 2012 death of her son, 43-year-old Richard Watson, in the Jasper County jail. Attorney Brandon Potter said Tuesday the rest of the settlement is confidential.
The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1xxEF1o1) Watson suffered from physical and psychological issues. The lawsuit alleged Watson was placed in an emergency restraint chair after injuring his head in a fall and was left for at least 21 hours without proper food, water or his medications.
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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com