Lawsuit Over Richmond Jail Death Settled

RICHMOND, Va. — A judge has approved the settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a Richmond City Jail inmate who died of heat exposure.

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson approved the agreement Friday. The lawsuit sought more than $10 million, but terms of the settlement were sealed and lawyers for both sides declined to comment after the hearing. The complaint named the city, Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. and several deputies as defendants.

According to the lawsuit, 55-year-old Grant R. Sleeper suffered a fatal heat stroke in 2010 at the jail, which has no air conditioning in the men’s tiers.

In September 2011, a jury returned a $2.4 million verdict against Woody and the jail’s former chief physician in the 2008 death of an inmate who had pneumonia.

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