Ex-inmate settles solitary confinement lawsuit for $750K

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A Tennessee man has reached a $750,000 settlement with a New Mexico county over how he was treated while held in solitary confinement at a local jail.

Michael Faziani’s lawsuit filed earlier this year said he suffered from bipolar disorder and was denied his medication while left untreated in a filthy cell at the Sierra County Detention Center.

Online court records show he faced charges of driving under the influence and a traffic violation that were dismissed about a year after his arrest. A complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque said he was held for more than a year.

His attorney Matthew Coyte filed a motion Tuesday for the case to be dismissed after he said the two parties reached a settlement.

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