FORT MYERS, Fla. -- New details in a WINK News investigation that gained national attention. It revolves around the death of Nick Christie. His family filed a civil lawsuit against the Lee County Sheriff's Office and others, blaming them for his death.
The lawsuit named Lee County Sheriff, Mike Scott, Prison Health Services Inc. and individual deputies and nurses at the Lee County Jail. The suit alleged those involved were guilty of assault and battery, excessive force, and deliberate indifference to Nick Christie's medical condition.
Pictures of Nick Christie were taken inside the Lee County Jail while he was strapped naked to a restraint chair and pepper sprayed with a spit mask over his face. Reports show that Christie was sprayed more than a dozen times.
In depositions, jailers said Christie couldn't breathe and was taken to the hospital where he died. In fact, the coroner ruled Christie's death a homicide. The lawyer representing Christie's widow said a new type of grieving process begins now.
"She's been living with this component of the grieving process since the day of Nick's death and now that it is coming to a conclusion, it has been my experience in cases like this, it can be a whole new type of grieving process now that there isn't the day to day pursuit of justice," said Nick DeCello, attorney.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office said Sheriff Mike Scott won't comment but sent WINK News this statement:
"This afternoon, a settlement was reached during mediation in the lawsuit brought against the Sheriff's Office and its inmate health provider by the wife of the late Nicholas Christy. The Sheriff's Office portion of the settlement is paid through the Florida Sheriff's Risk Management Fund, a self-insurance program administered on behalf of many agencies across the state of Florida. The other portion will be paid by the inmate health provider to the Lee County Jail. The shares will be itemized in the final documents which must be filed in both the Federal and Ohio courts." - Sheriff Mike Scott.