$250,000 settlement in Missouri inmate's death
JOPLIN (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.