MONROE, Wash. — The state Department of Corrections has agreed to pay $1.5 million to the family of a man who was stomped to death in state prison in Monroe.

The Daily Herald of Everett reports (http://bit.ly/2thsKbq) that the federal lawsuit accused corrections officers of failing to protect 45-year-old Gordon Powell, of Centralia, from being beaten to death at the Monroe Correctional Complex in May 2015.

A spokesman for the Washington Department of Corrections confirmed a settlement was reached June 12 but added that the agency did not admit liability.

Benjamin Price was charged with aggravated first-degree murder in connection to Powell’s death. He was found incompetent to stand trial and is receiving treatment at Western State Hospital.

Price has a long history of mental illness. He was serving a 12-year term for killing Dawn Ruger in 2006 and hiding her body in rural Whatcom County at the time of the 2015 prison attack.


This story has been corrected to say that Benjamin Price was charged with aggravated first-degree murder in connection to Powell’s death.


Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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