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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