Boot Camp Death Update

By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email
By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email

May 2

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A $5 million claims bill for the family of a teenager who died after being roughed up by guards at a state-supervised boot camp passed the Senate today.

It goes to Gov. Charlie Crist for his signature.

Crist and black lawmakers led the effort to compensate the family of Martin Lee Anderson. He died in January 2006 shortly after being kneed, struck and having ammonia tablets held to his nose at the military-style facility run by the Bay County Sheriff's Office in Panama City.

The county earlier settled with Anderson's family separately for $2.4 million.

A House committee tried Monday to attach a separate $1.25 million in compensation to the bill for a St. Petersburg man who spent two dozen years in prison for crimes he did not commit, but the full House rejected that proposal to ensure that the Senate would approve the Anderson settlement.

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