Colorado to pay $171K to settle lawsuit in inmate's death

Posted at 10:19 AM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 12:19:00-04

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials have agreed to pay $171,000 to settle a lawsuit brought over the death of an inmate who alleged prison medical workers denied him treatment.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that the settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed in the death of Dennis Choquette. Choquette died in November after being in prison in Las Animas and Canon City since 2014.

The lawsuit filed by his estate alleged staff at the prisons disregarded his requests for treatment of a serious foot disease.

The suit also says he was denied a cane and wheelchair.

A settlement document obtained by the Chieftain says the Colorado Department of Corrections and Choquette's estate agreed to end the case to avoid the expense and uncertainty of litigation.