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Prison Tragedy Results in Settlement

A 28 year old ex-convicted murderer, Troy Christian, (who was released from prison in March 1993 at 24), received a $1.5 million settlement for being permanently disabled, both mentally and physically, due to California Correctional Facility (CCF) and the California Medical Facilities (CMF) inadequate treatment and negligence.

Davey, who entered prison in December 1989 following a conviction for second-degree murder in the stabbing of a friend, was with two others at the time and he reportedly did not wield the knife. Davey had a history of emotional problems and suicidal tendencies, which the authorities ignored.

While in prison, Davey was assaulted. According to papers filed in Sacramento federal court by Davey's mother, Alice Harris, in January 1990, he appeared "intense" and "anxious" and pleaded with authorities to be seen by a doctor. One hour later Davey was found hanging by a sheet tied to an air vent in his cell. After 3 weeks in a coma at Vaca Valley Hospital (VVH) his condition and quality of treatment improved only to take a turn for the worse when the treating physician departed. From that point on Davey's condition deteriorated eventually leaving him in a paralyzed state.

Now the taxpayers of California will shell out $1.5 million to Davey's mother, who must take $500,000 to pay her attorneys; $92,511 to cover the suits costs; $107,500 to satisfy Medi-Cal and Medicare liens and $2,500 reserve for final expenses.

Source: Sacramento Bee

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