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Settlement reached in jail death lawsuit

ROANOKE (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit over the suicide death of a Virginia jail inmate has been settled for $370,000.

A judge approved a settlement Nov. 17 in the death of Clifton Antonio Harper at the Roanoke City Jail, The Roanoke Times reported.

Harper died by suicide while being held the jail in 2015. His mother sued jail officials a year later, arguing that they’d failed to take proper steps to prevent Harper’s death. The complaint said he’d previously been diagnosed with multiple mental illnesses.

Seven people took their lives at the jail between 2015 and August 2019, the paper reported. Two other wrongful death lawsuits are currently pending.

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