Fergus County negligent in inmate suicide
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A jury found Fergus County was negligent in a jail
inmate's suicide nearly two years ago and awarded his estate nearly $80,000.
The Great Falls Tribune reports jurors on Friday found Fergus County 53%
negligent in the January 2011 hanging death of Carl Stacy.
Jurors determined the damages were $149,500 for funeral costs and his mother's
emotional pain. They found the county 53 percent negligent and ordered it to
pay nearly $80,000 in damages. His mother, Jeannie Walter, said she was satisfied
with the verdict.
Stacy, who was 40, was booked into jail on Jan. 3, 2011 to serve a seven-day
sentence, but less than 38 hours later he was found hanging from a bed sheet
tied to a door handle in his cell. Testimony indicated Stacy threatened suicide