$250,000 Settlement in Missouri Inmate’s Death
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 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.