Family of Man Who Died in Hot Prison Cell to Receive Settlement

Deal Reached in New York City Cell Death

The city on Friday reached a $2.25 million settlement with the mother of a mentally ill, homeless former U.S. Marine who died earlier this year in a 101-degree jail cell, the comptroller said. Jerome Murdough, 56, died in a mental observation unit on Rikers Island jail.

Officials said he wasn’t checked on for at least four hours. He was found slumped at the foot of his bed with a pool of vomit and blood on the floor on Feb. 15 with an internal body temperature of 103 degrees. 

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