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Thurston County Settles Jail Guard Murder Suit for $120,000

Washington State’s Thurston County settled a lawsuit claiming it was responsible for a jail guard killing his wife with his service weapon for $120,000. The suit was brought by the guard’s two children.

While off-duty on paid administrative leave on December 4, 2001, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office jail guard Marvin Henry killed his wife, Karen. He then committed suicide. He used his 9 mm Beretta semi-automatic weapon after it was given to him from his locker at the sheriff’s office by guard Craig Eagen.

Henry was on leave for an investigation into sexual misconduct. The lawsuit alleged negligent supervision of the Sheriff’s employees, negligent handling of the weapon and negligent management of the investigation that led to the incident. Henry’s two children, Henry Jr. and William, sued for emotional distress and loss of consortium with their parents.

On January 22, 2008, the matter was settled by paying Henry Jr. and William $60,000 each. See: Butler v. Thurston County, Mason Co. Super. Ct., Case No. 04-2-01099-7 (Jan. 22, 2008).

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Butler v. Thurston County

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