State pays $250K for inmate slain by insane inmate

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is paying $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the daughter of an inmate killed by his deranged cellmate.

The Erie Times-News  obtained the settlement details in a Right-to-Know request.

Carla Davis-Vining claims corrections officials mishandled the man who killed her father, 63-year-old Frederick Kirkland, in 2012.

The lawsuit alleges officials at the State Correctional Institution-Forest in Marienville put her father in a cell with 28-year-old Elwood Braswell even though he was not supposed to be housed with other inmates.

Braswell had a history of "acute psychotic behavior" and was serving time for assault by a prisoner before he beat and smothered Kirkland, who used a wheelchair.

Braswell was found guilty but mentally ill in the killing, during which he also smeared Kirkland with feces and attempted to bite off his genitals.

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