Ill. stun gun lawsuit settled for $750,000

MOUNT VERNON, Ill., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A lawsuit alleging a Jefferson County, Ill., sheriff's deputy used a stun gun on three teens has been settled, records show.

Deputy David Bowers was accused in Mount Vernon of using a stun gun on the teenagers and assaulting another at the Southern Thirty Adolescent Center two years ago, and Deputy Lonnie Lawler was accused of witnessing the assaults, WSIL-TV, Harrisburg, reported Thursday.


The total settlement amount of $750,000, will be paid by the sheriff department's insurance provider, WSIL said.

State police investigations showed no wrong doing in the incident, and both deputies still work at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Robert Mulch said.

The plaintiff will get what remains after $250,000 goes to attorney fees and $13,000 is used for court costs, WSIL reported.

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