Terrill Thomas died April 24, 2016, after being deprived of water for seven days.
Ed Budge, a Seattle-based attorney who was part of the legal team representing Thomas’ estate, declined to comment on the negotiations or timing of the settlement, but he confirmed that the money has been delivered to the estate. He called the settlement one of the largest in history for a federal civil rights case involving an in-custody death.
“It reflects the callous disregard for Terrill Thomas’ life,” Budge told CNN on Wednesday. “We are satisfied that the settlement reflects the atrociousness of what happened, and it’s an appropriate result for this case.”
Budge declined to say how much each entity is paying, but he said all defendants in the case have been dismissed. Court records indicate US District Judge Pamela Pepper dismissed the case May 13.
‘Just the toilet water’
Thomas was arrested April 15, 2016, and charged with reckless endangerment and felony firearms violations after he fired shots in a casino, according to court documents. He reportedly suffered from a mental disorder. All charges were dismissed after his death.
After Thomas was placed in a cell, he stopped up his toilet, causing the cell to flood. Lt. Kashka Meadors of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office had Thomas moved to another cell and ordered that his water be cut off, she testified during the 2017 inquest.
“It should have been the toilet water, just the toilet water,” she said.
Officer James Ramsey-Guy shut off all water, as ordered, according to a criminal complaint, but he neither logged the action nor informed other corrections officers that the water had been turned off.
According to the criminal complaint, Evans did not take steps to preserve footage that showed the water being shut off, and she did not tell investigators about the footage when asked.
Jailers sentenced to jail
Meadors and Ramsey-Guy were charged with felony neglect, and Evans faced a count each of felony misconduct and misdemeanor obstruction.
CNN’s Linh Tran contributed to this report.