Colorado To Pay Inmate $500,000 For Beating In Prison
Jayson Oslund, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence who was beaten by a prison guard over seven years ago has reached a settlement with the state.
Oslund, who had initially been awarded $6 million from a federal jury's verdict agreed to the settlement that has other features besides the dollar amount.
In addition to the $500,000 dollar payment, Oslund is to be moved to a facility in Pueblo to be closer to his family. He is still having difficulty walking after the beating he took at the facility in Sterling, Co.
Oslund will not be paid until the state controller releases the funds.
The prison guard that Oslund sued stated during the trial he was trying to assist Oslund, who had experienced a seizure earlier in the day that required stitches. Another inmate stated he saw Oslund get thrown against the wall of his cell by the guard who had instructed him to stop resisting.
The judge's actions in the trial left some scratching their heads, as she did not review trial transcripts, for example, and then ruling in favor of the defense in the second trial without ever giving the jury a chance to deliberate.
Oslund and his brother were originally arrested for beating a 19-year-old Pueblo man to death. His brother served 13 years in prison and was paroled.