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Pierce County settles lawsuit over man’s suicide in jail

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Aug. 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
August 11, 2009 1:55 pm

Pierce County has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the parents of a man who committed suicide in the jail.

The county admitted no fault in reaching the settlement with Ralph Close and Laura Larson, according to documents filed this week in U.S. District Court.

Close and Larson sued in January, claiming the county should have done more to supervise the incarceration of their son, James Robert Close.

The 30-year-old Sequim resident died June 16, 2006, shortly after being booked into the jail for investigation of bank robbery.

His parents claimed county jailers did not adequately monitor their son even though his history of mental illness and previous suicide attempts were noted on his booking sheet.

Close used a bed sheet to hang himself in his cell.

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