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Olmsted County jail sees another lawsuit


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--  Recently the Olmsted County Jail has seen a slew of lawsuits. In the past year they have settled three, totaling more than 2-million dollars.

Now a third is coming forward alleging the wrongful death and negligence of a young man.

The father of 24-year old Cody Laganiere is suing Olmsted County Jail in relation to Cody's 2010 death while in custody. Patrick Laganeir is alleging that his son was given a lethal amount of methadone and then neglected.

He says jail authorities did not wake Cody during a routine well-being check, which is required every 30 minutes per inmate.

Cody was taken into custody June 21st 2010 after violating probation of a felony DUI. On September 24th a detention deputy found Laganiere dead in his cell.

The coroner labeled Laganiere's death as accidental, he had pneumonia but coroners did name methadone as a contributing factor.

Attorney Greg Griffiths is representing Olmsted County jail in this matter, as all allegations.

Griffiths says, "We believe that the medication was administered properly, prescribed properly and that the well being checks were done consistant with policy and state law." He explains further, "There is a system in place in the ADC that verifies that detention deputies are in the appropriate that they're supposed to be and secondly there is video showing where detainees and deputies are so it's our understanding that the well-being checks were done according to state law."

Laganiere's family is sueing in excess of $75,000.


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