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$225,000 Settlement in Suit over Failure to Protect D.C. Prisoner

On May 10, 2000, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $225,000 to a man who was brutally assaulted at Lorton Reformatory.

On or about May 9, 1998, Larry Lucas was taken by guards to the CB2 visiting trailer for Christian services. When Lucas bowed down to pray, another prisoner, Dominic Stewart, escaped from his handcuffs and stabbed Lucas 16 times causing Lucas to lose consciousness. The guards watched while the assault took place.

Lucas sued alleging negligence, negligent care and treatment, and failure to protect violations.

The District settled for $225,000. Lucas was represented by Samuel Shapiro of Rockville, Maryland.

See: Lucas v. District of Columbia, No. 98-9837 (D.C. Sup. Ct.).

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Lucas v. District of Columbia