A Virgina sheriff and a jail's chief physician have been sued for wrongful death by the family of a 46 year-old man who died while in custody. A Circuit Court jury awarded the family $2.4 million in damages after a week of trial. The man was arrested and brought to jail on charges of driving with a suspended license and property damage after he suffered a seizure while driving and ran into a house.
The jury found the sheriff liable for the physician's conduct. Witness testimoney showed that the inmate suffered serve pain in his chest, side, and abdomen that was ignored for weeks by deputies and medical staff. He was also not given his seizure medication for at least ten days. Autopsy reports prove that he died of untreated pneumonia.