NYC reaches $3.8 million settlement over inmate death

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Posted: Nov 17, 2015 6:58 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a mentally ill jail inmate who died after swallowing toxic detergent has reached a $3.8 million settlement with New York City.

The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1PxFRNo ) that Jason Echevarria's family members agreed to settle their lawsuit over Echevarria's 2012 death at the Rikers Island jail complex.

Echevarria died after swallowing a detergent ball he had been given for cleanup.

Former Rikers Capt. Terrence Pendergrass was sentenced to a five-year prison term in June for denying Echevarria the medical care that could have saved his life.

Echevarria was being held in a unit of Rikers dedicated to the mentally ill.

The Echevarrias' lawyer, Joshua Kelner, calls the settlement "an acknowledgment of the seriousness of what occurred."

A city law department spokesman says the settlement "brings closure."

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com