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Feb 11, 2013 3:22 PM

$550K settlement offer in Phoenix inmate's death

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County supervisors have approved a $550,000 settlement offer for the family of an inmate who died after an altercation with jail detention officers in 2011.

But the family's lawyer told The Arizona Republic that said the county's "offer of judgment" is a procedural step that won't keep the family from going to trial.

Ernest Atencio's family filed a lawsuit last October that noted the county jail system's repeated failures to offer adequate medical care for inmates and treatment for the mentally ill.

The family had previously filed a notice of claim offering to settle for $20 million.

The 44-year-old Atencio had an altercation with Phoenix police and jail officers while he was being booked on an assault charge on Dec. 15, 2011. He died five days later.


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