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Snohomish County to pay $1M lawsuit over inmate death

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man has settled a lawsuit for $1 million against Snohomish County after his 24-year-old wife died in jail while having heroin withdrawal symptoms.

The Everett Herald reports wife Lindsay Kronberger vomited repeatedly and showed signs of severe dehydration for more than a week before her death in January 2014.

A medical examiner said she died of causes related to dehydration and opioid withdrawal after nine days in custody.

Authorities say the county acknowledged no fault in reaching the settlement with husband John Gohranson.

Authorities say Kronberger was one of more than a dozen who died at the jail between 2010 and 2014.

Authorities say the sheriff’s office has instituted multiple reforms including an increase in medical staffing and access to drugs known to ease withdrawal symptoms.

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