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Yakama family seeks $1.7M for death in BIA jail


The family of a Yakama Nation man who committed suicide at a Bureau of Indian Affairs jail is seeking $1.7 million in damages.

The suit says Ricky O. Sampson, 39, killed himself due to deplorable conditions at the jail. He was found hanging in his cell on June 25, 2004.

According to news reports, Sampson wasn't found until about eight hours after his death because there was only one staffer on duty. The jail usually has two people on duty was short-staffed on the night in question.

Earlier this year, a 17-year-old boy attempted to hang himself in the jail. His mother has also sued the BIA, seeking unspecified damages.

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Family sues over jail death (The Yakima Herald-Republic 11/12)

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