Allegheny County settles with estate of inmate who committed suicide
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A lawsuit filed by the estate of a man who killed himself in the Allegheny County Jail was settled for $75,000, according to court documents.
Jason J. Kindler, 28, was jailed for marijuana possession in 2008 when he died by hanging. The estate through attorneys William Goodrich and Steve Barth said jail staff knew he was a suicide risk and should have taken precautions. They sued the county and its jail health provider.
Court documents filed last week said it was a wrongful death, but that there was no evidence of pain and suffering.
The county will pay $50,000, and its jail health arm will pay $25,000. Two children of the deceased will get $18,000 each, the father of the deceased gets $5,533 to cover funeral expenses and the attorneys get the balance for fees and costs.
First Published June 11, 2012 12:00 am