Allegheny County settles jail beating claim for $80,000

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A former Allegheny County Jail inmate beaten by the since-convicted major of the guards has settled his civil claim against the county for $80,000.

Allegheny County spokeswoman Amie Downs confirmed the settlement amount in the case of Gary Barbour today. The county admitted no liability in the settlement agreement, she noted.

Barbour, 32, now an inmate at the State Correctional Institution Albion, tried to escape from the Allegheny County Jail in 2010. After he was caught and handcuffed, James Donis, of Shaler, who was the major of the guards, punched him repeatedly.

Donis was later fired and sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months in a halfway house, for false reporting in relation to the incident. He indicated in his reports that the force was needed to subdue Barbour.

Barbour is still serving a 30-month prison term for escape, according to Pennsylvania online records.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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