Kansas county settles lawsuit over inmate beating

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county commission has agreed to settle a lawsuit by relatives of mentally ill jail inmate severely beaten by a sheriff’s deputy.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1lweelO ) the Sedgwick County Commission on Tuesday approved a $300,000 settlement with relatives of the late Edgar Richard Jr. The family had been seeking $4.5 million in a federal lawsuit that was scheduled to go to trial March 25.

Richard was 59 years old and had a history of psychotic behavior when he was jailed in 2008 awaiting trial on a probation violation.

A deputy who was later fired punched Richard 15 to 20 times in the face on Feb. 15, 2008, breaking his jaw and knocking out several teeth. Richard ended up in a nursing home and died of cancer in 2010.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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