Illegal Immigrant’s Wrongful Death Suit Settled

The widow of a Mexican native reached a settlement with the government in the $1 million wrongful death suit she filed back in March. Her deceased husband died while in custody of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities in Georgia.

Attorneys for both sides will not disclose details of the settlement, as they have plans to file papers dismissing the case next month.

The widow’s attorney said that he was pleased that they were able to end up with a successful resolution of the case, although the man’s wife and kids are still mourning the loss of his life.

The lawsuit claims that the man died from myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, due to the government’s negligence.

ICE initially rejected the widow’s $1 million claim in September, claiming her lawyer “failed to establish any negligent or wrongful act or omission of a federal government employee caused this alleged incident.”

The Mexican native was arrested in North Carolina back in January, 2009, for speeding and driving without a license. He illegally entered the U.S. in 2001, and was transferred to the ICE detention center in Stewart County. He died in a hospital in Columbus, Georgia, on March 11, 2009.

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