Illinois Prison Inmate’s Family Wins $13 Million Settlement

January 6, 2009

An Illinois prison inmate who killed his cellmate after apparently warning guards three times that’s what he planned to do must pay the dead inmate’s mother $13 million.

A federal judge in Springfield ordered the award for Sherree Daczewitz in her 2006 lawsuit against Corey Fox and prison officials over her son Joshua Daczewitz’s strangling in February 2004.

She alleged that the state Department of Corrections and officials at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester should have known the risk Fox posed but didn’t prevent the killing.

The Belleville News-Democrat says the state prison system reached an undisclosed settlement.

Fox was serving a life sentence in the Madison County killing of a former co-worker.

Daczewitz was serving a seven-year sentence for arson and robbery.

Fox later pleaded guilty to murdering Daczewitz and received another life term.

Topics Illinois

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