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Originally published Friday, June 12, 2009 at 11:57 PM

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Kitsap Co.: $4.7M settlement in inmate case

Kitsap County has agreed to a $4.7 million settlement of a lawsuit involving a Port Orchard man's stay in the Kitsap County jail.

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. —

Kitsap County has agreed to a $4.7 million settlement of a lawsuit involving a Port Orchard man's stay in the Kitsap County jail.

William Trask's relatives say he suffered brain damage after refusing to eat or drink in the jail. His lawyer Tim Rolland Tesh of Seattle says Trask became disoriented in jail and was not taken to Harrison Medical Center for 21 days.

Trask's family told KING5-TV that the man suffered from a developmental disability before he entered the jail, but was healthy and active. Relatives say he left jail with dehydration and organ failure.

Trask was jailed in July 2006 for investigation of a domestic violence assault on his mother. The Kitsap County sheriff's office says he was released that same day but was soon back in jail after his mother said he attacked another family member. The Kitsap Sun says assault charges were ultimately dismissed.

Sheriff Steve Boyer said in a statement Friday that Trask's situation was serious, but it was an aberration.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/

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