New York City has reached a settlement in a case filed by the family of an ex-marine with mental health issues who died in his jail cell earlier in the year, according to a statement by Scott Stringer the CIty comptroller. The man, Jerome Murdough, was being held on Rikers Island in a mental health observation unit of the jail on a misdemeanor trespassing charge because of his inability to post bail. According to reports, the cell reached a temperature of 101 degrees, and Murdough was left in the cell unattended for more than four hours before anyone checked on him. WHen he was found eventually, he had been dead for some time according to 911 recordings and reports from officials. Murdough’s mother, Alma, was suing the city for $25 million, and the settlement reached today is reportedly for $2.25 million. Stringer expressed his hope that the settlement brought closure to the family, saying that it was in the best interests of all parties.
By Jim Malone