Florida Woman Awarded $100,000 For Wrongful Arrest

By: AP
By: AP

Sanford, Florida (AP) --

A woman whose identity was stolen and was kept overnight in the Seminole County jail has been awarded $100,000.

Someone stole the identity of 32-year-old Kimberly Shields
Hesketh and violated probation, prompting Charlotte County
authorities to issue a warrant for her arrest. It named Hesketh and
used her date of birth and Social Security number.

Hesketh was arrested on April 24, 2002. She was held overnight
and underwent a strip search. She remained in jail until the
following day when a judge ordered her released.

Jurors ordered the sheriff's office Tuesday, Sept. 28 to pay Hesketh
$75,000 for holding her overnight and another $25,000 for the strip
search.

Defense attorney Tom Poulton said will file paperwork, asking a judge to set aside the verdict.


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