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Lawsuit settled for $725,000

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 5:00 am

A lawsuit against Central Virginia Regional Jail over a man’s death due to complications from alcohol and heroin withdrawal was settled recently for $725,000.

Details of the November settlement between the jail, which holds prisoners from Louisa County, and Culpeper resident Sherry Thornhill were not made public. The settlement claim to Thornhill will be paid by the state Compensation Board.

Troy Wade, chairman of the Louisa County Board of Supervisors and the Central Virginia Regional Jail Authority, referred questions about the settlement to jail Superintendent Frank Dyer, who declined to comment.

Louisa County budgeted $3.3 million toward jail operations in fiscal year 2018.

Thornhill’s son, Shawn Berry, died on Aug. 9, 2014 after two days at the jail. He had been arrested by Orange County Sheriff’s Office on several outstanding felony warrants. In the lawsuit, filed in Charlottesville federal court, Thornhill accused jail officials of deliberate neglect of her son’s medical needs as he experienced the effects of alcohol and heroin withdrawal.

To read the entire story, see the Dec. 28 edition of The Central Virginian.

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