SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A woman whose identity was stolen and kept overnight in the Seminole County jail has been awarded $100,000.
Someone stole the identity of 32-year-old Kimberly Shields Hesketh and violated probation, prompting Charlotte County authorities to issue a warrant for her arrest. It named Hesketh and used her date of birth and Social Security number.
Hesketh was arrested on April 24, 2002. She was held overnight and underwent a strip search. She remained in jail until the following day when a judge ordered her released.
Jurors ordered the sheriff's office Tuesday to pay Hesketh $75,000 for holding her overnight and another $25,000 for the strip search.
Defense attorney Tom Poulton told the Orlando Sentinel he will file paperwork, asking a judge to set aside the verdict.