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Survivors of man who hanged self in Md. jail agree to $50K settlement

Survivors of a man who hanged himself with his shoelaces in the Frederick County jail have reached a $50,000 settlement with the sheriff's office.

A circuit judge will be asked on Thursday to approve the proposed deal stemming from the June 10 death of 26-year-old Justin Lihvarchik of Sabillasville.

His mother sued the sheriff's office on behalf of Lihvarchik's son, alleging neglect by jail workers.

The jail policy is to check inmates in holding cells every 20 minutes. Lihvarchik was found dead about three hours after he was placed in a holding cell on a second-degree assault charge.

Two correctional officers were subsequently disciplined and shoelaces were banned in holding cells.

-- The Frederick News-Post

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 23, 2010; 11:01 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland , Prison Beat  
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This is BS. The family shouldn't get any money for their son committing suicide. this is why our society is so whacked...everyone believes society owes them something. he shouldn't have been in jail and then the son could have sued the family for failure to adequately oversee his father's accountability at all anymore in our society. Makes me sick to see people abusing the system, and the sheriff's paying them off because it is cheaper than going to trial...

Posted by: pennv | March 23, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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