LEE COUNTY, Fla.- An Ohio woman who sued the Lee County Sheriff's Office over the death of her husband, will receive millions of dollars as part of a settlement.
Our series of investigations into the death of 62-year-old Nicholas Christie will now end with his widow collecting an estimated $4 million. Joyce Christie's attorney tells us the settlement is worth that much. It will be paid out after paperwork is finalized in probate court.
Nick Christie died after he was repeatedly pepper-sprayed while in the Lee County jail back in 2009. The Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide. Christie was sprayed a dozen times during his two-day stay at the jail. Law enforcement says he was loud and beligerent during his time in custody, but his wife says he was not dangerous, despite being off his medication.
LCSO will pay its portion of the settlement through a risk management fund. The rest will come from the inmate health provider, Prison Healthcare Services, at the Lee County jail.