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Atoka Co. Man To Get $200K Settlement Over Treatment At Durant Jail

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DURANT, OK (AP)-- An Atoka County man will receive a big settlement after suing over abuse he says he suffered while behind bars.

Thomas Cofer, 22, was locked up in the Bryan County Jail for 7 months back in 2010 on complaints of burglary and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

He claimed jailers routinely choked, beat and denied him medication.  In May, the county agreed to settle the federal lawsuit for $200,000.

Cofer's suit alleged the sheriff, undersheriff, and county commissioners either knew or should have known about the incidents at the jail and did nothing to stop them.     

Attorneys for the sheriff's department and commissioners denied the allegations.