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Murdered Illinois Prisoner's Estate Awarded $942,364 For Wrongful Death

In October 1998, an unknown state court awarded $942,344 to the estate of a
teenage Illinois prisoner who was murdered by his cellmate on his very
first night in prison.

In their lawsuit, filed in April 1995, the 19-year-old prisoner's estate
claimed the defendant guards were willfully indifferent in failing to make
their assigned rounds and in failing to aid the decedent after hearing
other prisoners call for help. The defendant guards contended they didn't
bear any calls for help and were in their assigned areas when the prisoner
was killed in June 1993.

The estate, represented by attorney Michael E. Metnick of Springfield,
Illinois, was awarded $821,172 in damages plus $121,172 for attorney fees.
See: Sanders v. Conner, Unknown state court, Case No. 95C-3174, 1998 WL

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Sanders v. Conner