Smith County to pay $1.25 million to family of inmate that died in Smith County jail

Smith County to pay $1.25 million to family of inmate that died in Smith County jail

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Smith County has approved a settlement amount in the death of Jason Mosley.

Mosely died in a Smith County Jail holding cell May 16.

According to Assistant District Attorney Phillip Smith, the county has agreed to pay Mosley's family $1.25 million.

Mosley was placed into a holding cell while being booked into the jail by a Tyler Police Department Officer at 2:23 a.m. Saturday, after police say he was uncooperative in answering questions asked of him by Smith County Jail book-in personnel.

After Mosely's death, the Smith County Jail got "notice of non-compliance" by the Texas Commission for Jail Standards  because jails are required to check on inmates after book-in every 30 minutes.  According to The Texas Commission for Jail Standards director Brandon Wood, Mosley was next checked on after 34 minutes.

At 2:57 a.m., Jasen Mosely was found alone, unresponsive in the holding cell after allegedly hanging himself from a divider. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:27 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Quincy Beavers.

Smith said the Mosley family did not file a lawsuit against the county, but the case was settled during a mediation between the parties.

The funds are to be paid from the county's general liability insurance policy, but Smith said the settlement is only in the preliminary stage and has not been finalized or paid.

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