NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City official says a settlement of $2.25 million has been reached with the family of a mentally ill, homeless former Marine who died in a 101-degree jail cell.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer made the announcement Friday.
“A mother lost a son, the City lost a citizen. It is my hope that this settlement provides some small measure of closure for the family of Mr. Murdough,” Stringer said in a statement. “The expedited resolution of this case is in the best interest of all parties.”
Jerome Murdough, 56, died in a mental observation unit about a week after he was sent to Rikers Island jail on a trespassing arrest. Officials said he wasn't checked on for at least four hours.
He was found slumped at the foot of his bed with a pool of vomit and blood on the floor on Feb. 15 with an internal body temperature of 103 degrees.
His mother, Alma, had filed a notice of claim, the first procedural step necessary for her wrongful-death lawsuit.
Prosecutors are investigating Murdough's death.