The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office has paid $225,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the family of a 63-year-old man who died at the Lafayette Parish jail after allegedly being denied proper medical treatment, the attorney representing the family said Tuesday.
John Horace Howard Jr. was booked Nov. 29, 2012, on a disturbing the peace charge for allegedly yelling profanities in public.
He died of a heart attack on Dec. 15 after spending 16 days in solitary confinement, where he never received adequate medical attention despite a long history of health issues and mental illness, according to lawsuit filed by his nephew.
“The circumstances surrounding his death are disgusting and inhumane,” attorney Clay Burgess, who represented the nephew, said in a news release about the settlement.
A Sheriff’s Office spokesman did not respond late Tuesday to a request for comment on the case.