Settlement made between Lee Sheriff's Office, family of man who died in jail

The family of a man who died after he was pepper sprayed by deputies inside the Lee County jail has agreed to settle a civil lawsuit stemming from the incident.

Attorneys on both sides spent six hours negotiating the settlement in federal district court Wednesday, ending with what attorneys for the family of Nicholas Christie call a "substantial" financial agreement.

Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested Christie for trespassing in 2009 and say he became combative inside the jail. That's when officers repeatedly pepper sprayed Christie, even while he was restrained naked in a chair with a spit mask over his face.

He was taken to a hospital, where he died of cardiac arrest.


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