- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A convicted killer has won a $50,000 legal settlement over his restraint in a Knoxville jail and the agreement that jailers would change their policy on the use of a controversial restraining device.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/20GPUTb ) that an attorney for Lavonte Simmons has confirmed that Knox County and the inmate reached a settlement in the inmate’s federal civil-rights lawsuit.

Simmons was strapped into a restraint chair at one of the county jails and kept there for nearly 48 hours, except for two-hour breaks, in September 2014.

As part of the settlement, jailers changed the policy for when and how long inmates can be restrained in the chair.

Simmons is now serving life in prison after being convicted of killing a bystander in a retaliation shooting.


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