Mississippi county settles case with inmate beaten in jail

A Mississippi county has settled a lawsuit by a former jail inmate who says he was beaten by other inmates.

Posted: Dec 11, 2018 11:06 AM

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi county has settled a lawsuit by a former jail inmate who says he was beaten by other inmates.

Jarrett Romero Nelson sued Lauderdale County last year, saying the county was at fault in a 2016 beating by a group of other inmates that left him with a broken back, concussions, broken ribs and other injuries.

The Meridian Star reports the case was settled last month. County officials aren't disclosing how much money they paid Nelson or other settlement conditions.

Nelson had been jailed for failing to register as a sex offender and said he was attacked by gang members.

Lauderdale County initially denied fault. An investigator said those who beat him lost jail privileges.

Nelson's wife says he still uses a cane and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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