Richland County pays $750,000 in beating

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Richland County is paying $750,000 to settle a lawsuit after the beating of a handcuffed, homeless inmate in the county jail.

The State newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/WjzXqg) that Robert Sweeper III suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and broken vertebrae in the 2012 attack.

Officials said guards left him in his cell for five days before medics were called to take him to the hospital. One guard, 38-year-old Robin Smith, was sentenced to two years in prison. Six other officers were fired.

Sweeper had been arrested on trespassing charges and was placed in a suicide watch cell after authorities said he was incoherent before the assault.

Attorney, Dick Harpootlian said Sweeper is in a facility in Charleston recovering from physical and mental issues related to the beating.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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