Bryan County settles lawsuit with jail inmate

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DURANT, Okla. (AP) - Bryan County has agreed to pay a 22-year-old Atoka man $200,000 in a settlement stemming from a lawsuit over alleged abuse at the local jail.

The Oklahoman reports that family members say Bryan County jailers routinely choked, beat and denied medication to Thomas Wesley Cofer.

The county in May agreed to settle the federal lawsuit with Cofer over the treatment he received while in custody for seven months in 2010. Cofer was arrested on April 16, 2010, on complaints of burglary and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Cofer alleged in the lawsuit that the then-sheriff, undersheriff and county commissioners either knew, or should have known, about the incidents at the jail and did nothing to stop them.

Attorneys for the sheriff's department and commissioners denied the allegations.

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