March 19, 2013
A former inmate who suffered nearly two years in solitary confinement without a trial reached a settlement that makes him a multi-millionaire.
Stephen Slevin, 59, accepted a $15 million settlement on Tuesday — one of the largest civil rights prisoner payouts in American history — for the nightmarish 22 months he spent mostly alone in a Doña Ana County, N.M., jail.
“It has been a long and hard fight to bring Mr. Slevin justice,” his attorney, Matthew Coyte, said in a statement, according to the Santa Fe Reporter. “This settlement, although very large, does not give back to Mr. Slevin what was taken from him, but if it prevents others from enduring the pain and suffering he was subjected to, then the fight has been worthwhile.”