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Los Angeles County Pays Informant $80,000 For Failed Witness Protection

The County of Los Angeles (L.A.), California paid $80,000 in January 2007 to a prisoner for the injuries he suffered when attacked in a supposedly witness-protected section of the L.A. County Jail.

Shane Wilson was housed in the K-10 protective-custody module at the L.A. Main Jail pending his testimony for the District Attorney to aid in criminal prosecution of another prisoner. However, on March 27, 2004, he was attacked by a knife-wielding unescorted prisoner serving food in the module. Shane?s injuries took 200 stitches between his left ear and neck and left him with permanent scarring.

L.A. County conceded liability for not having a deputy escort the food-server and settled Wilson?s projected trial award/costs of $230,000 for $80,000, inclusive of Wilson?s attorney fees/costs. See: Wilson v. County of Los Angeles, L.A. County Superior Court, Case No. BC 346184.

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