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Sheriff says inmate death lawsuit settled

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department says a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who died in the county jail has been settled for $1.3 million.

The family of Curtis Heino named Outagamie County and a jail nurse as defendants in the civil case.

The 27-year-old inmate died Jan. 13, 2008, after contracting bacterial pneumonia.

A jail investigation found there was no evidence Heino was denied treatment or received poor care.

The sheriff’s department said Wednesday the county’s insurer, Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Co., settled the lawsuit. Health care services at the jail are now administered through a contract with Correctional Health Care Companies. Sheila Heino did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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