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$75,000 Settlement in Heart Attack Death of Missouri Jail Prisoner

On June 3, 2009, Greene County, Missouri agreed to pay half of a $75,000 settlement in a wrongful death action brought by the family of a prisoner who died while at the Greene County Jail.

In July 2005, Winston Eugene Holt, a federal prisoner being held on charges at the jail, died from a heart attack.

Holt’s wife, Donna Holt, filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against various jail medical staff claiming that they were aware that her husband suffered from different heart related conditions, but “took inadequate action to treat and/or ameliorate and/or cure” the conditions. In addition, Holt alleged that the jail continued to provide inadequate care to other prisoners.

Greene County denied liability in the case, but after mediation by the parties, reached a $75,000 settlement in the case. The settlement requires Greene County to pay $37,500, half of the settlement, with other half being paid by Doctor’s Hospital and David Weems, a former doctor at the jail. Holt was represented by Craig Heidemann of Bolivar, Missouri. See: Holt v. Glenn, Case No. 07-5l06-CV-SW-JCE (W.D. Missouri).

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Holt v. Glenn

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