Galveston County and a man who accused two jail deputies of using excessive force during a 2014 incident have reached a preliminary deal to settle a civil lawsuit for $67,500.

The county confirmed the settlement deal Tuesday, a day after Galveston County commissioners heard details of the offer during an executive session.

A civil trial of the excessive force claims was scheduled to start Monday in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas.

Kyle Springer had accused deputies Cory Rekoff and Dante Austin of injuring him while dragging him back to his cell after an altercation at the jail.

Springer had asked for a jury trial and sought $8 million in damages from the county, according to court documents.

Springer is an inmate at the Charles T. Terrell Unit, a prison in Rosharon. He is serving multiple sentences for convictions on charges of aggravated assault, robbery and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice records.

The settlement requires Springer to release all claims made in the lawsuit, Galveston County Legal Department Director Robert Boemer said.

The settlement does not mean the county agrees that deputies used excessive force against Springer, Boemer said.

Rekoff is still employed as a deputy. Austin left the county and is now working in the private sector.

County commissioners still have to vote to approve the settlement before it’s finalized, Boemer said. The next regular commissioners court meeting is scheduled for March 26.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


(2) comments

Randy Chapman

He'll have a nice amount to spend on commissary! He may even be the prison convenience store! Ironic that he's doing time for aggravated assault.

Ron Shelby

Sad that at times you have to settle because it costs more to go to trial. Just reinforces the "sue sue sue" type of culture we have. In the long run, it may be better for government to come up with a policy of "never settle" and just hire darn good lawyers.

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