Shawnee County to pay $500,000 to family of inmate who died after being held at county jail

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TOPEKA, Kansas — Shawnee County officials have agreed to pay $500,000 to the survivors of a jail inmate who died at a hospital shortly after he was held for eight days at the county jail.

The family of 35-year-old Julio C. Aguirre sued after he died in December 2010. The lawsuit said while he was held in the jail, Aguirre suffered physical injuries and engaged in bizarre behaviors that included drinking from the toilet. He was sent to a hospital, where he died two days later.

The Shawnee County Commission on Monday approved the settlement in exchange for dismissal of the lawsuit, although the county denies negligence in the case

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( ) Aguirre's family sued 24 defendants and some other entities also have reached settlements with the family.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,

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