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Muskegon County to settle lawsuit by inmate's family

Muskegon County has decided to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of an inmate who was found unresponsive and restrained in a chair after fighting with guards in the county jail.

MLive.com reports Thursday that county commissioners voted earlier this month to follow recommendations by an insurance defense counsel to settle the claim by Dahnontae McKinley's estate.

McKinley died in December 2012 after authorities said he tried to escape from his cell.

McKinley had been jailed on charges of robbery, solicitation of prostitution and domestic violence.

The county says "internal investigations concluded that the Muskegon County sheriff's officers acted appropriately under the circumstances."

MLive.com reports that amount and terms of the settlement were not disclosed and have to be approved by a judge.

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