Payout for dead inmate approved
September 03, 2013, 7:00 pm by Lance Reaves
Llano County Commissioners on Thursday approved the final terms of a settlement agreement involving a $200,000-plus payout regarding the 2011 death of a Llano County Jail inmate.
The commissioners originally announced the settlement in Shirley Appell vs. Llano County at a special meeting June 21. County Judge Wayne Brascom and Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn must sign the agreement before giving it to Appell and her attorney.
Shawn Michael Appell, 45, of Llano was found dead and alone in a cell on Aug. 6, 2011 after repeatedly hitting his head against the concrete in his cell until he died, according to autopsy results.
In November 2011, Shirley Appell, Shawn's mother, filed a civil lawsuit for wrongful death in an Austin federal court, claiming Llano County Jail officials were at least partly responsible for the death of her son.
The two jailers, Donny Stewart and Scottie Scoggins, entered no-contest pleas in May to misdemeanor charges related to Appell's death. Both were sentenced to time in jail and to perform community service in a facility that deals with the mentally ill.
As part of the settlement, Llano County will pay $212,500, plus up to $2,000 in documented court costs to the plaintiff in exchange for a full release of all defendants in the suit.
The settlement also includes numerous non-monetary terms, which Judge Brascom has said reflects the plaintiffs concerns regarding the jail.One term discussed Thursday is that Llano County must use its best efforts to enter into a contract with Scott and White Hospital in Llano to provide a doctor to visit inmates at the jail once per week.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal
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