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Federal jury: Racine County liable in inmate death

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A federal jury found Racine County and two officials liable for damages in the death of jail inmate.

   Kendal Leonard died Sept. 1, 2007 after complaining of chest pains while serving a 20-day sentence.

   According to the a civil suit his estate filed in 2009, he told staff he was taking medication for a heart condition, but no medically trained personnel screened him.

   Jurors Thursday found the county, former Sheriff Robert Carlson, and deputy Andrew Ellenberger were indifferent to Leonard's medical needs and awarded $630,000 in compensatory damages.

   The verdict also assessed $60,000 in punitive damages against Ellenberger and $310,000 against Carlson.

   Sheriff Christopher Schmaling says he found no fault in how it was handled.

   The Journal Times of Racine reports (http://bit.ly/zsIyM5 ) the county's attorneys were not available for comment on Friday.

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   Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com

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