The household of a person who died whereas handcuffed and pinned to the bottom for about 11 minutes whereas admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Virginia has reached an $8.5 million settlement with the state, county and sheriff whose deputies have been questioned.
September 20, 2023, 4:12 p.m
Henrico, Virginia. — The household of a person who died whereas handcuffed and pinned to the bottom for about 11 minutes whereas admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Virginia has reached an $8.5 million settlement with the state, county and the sheriff whose deputies have been concerned in restraining the person. .
A choose authorized a wrongful loss of life settlement Tuesday, in response to an settlement filed in Henrico County Circuit Courtroom.
Ervo Otieno, 28, died in March whereas handcuffed and pinned to the ground of Central State Hospital for about 11 minutes by seven Henrico County sheriff’s deputies and three hospital workers.
His loss of life was dominated a murder by suffocation. All ten defendants have been indicted on second-degree homicide fees, however fees towards two hospital workers have been later dropped.
Otieno’s household stated he had an extended historical past of psychological well being issues and was struggling to breathe whereas in custody. Among the defendants’ attorneys stated Otieno was a fighter and so they have been merely making an attempt to restrain him.
The settlement settlement states that the state, county and sheriff didn’t admit any legal responsibility and deny that their actions prompted Otieno’s loss of life, however they collectively agreed to pay Otieno’s household $8.5 million.
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