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County pays $750,000 to settle prisoner beating case

On July 10, 2014, WLTX reported on a $750,000 settlement reached between Richland County and a prisoner beaten by a jail guard. The victim, Robert Sweeper, III, was restrained in handcuffs and posed no threat to Robin Smith when he was severely beaten and left in a cell with no medical attention.

A federal jury previously found Smith guilty of violating Sweeper’s rights. Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A. represents Mr. Sweeper. WLTX’s report on the case is available by clicking here.

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