Late inmate's family awarded $900,000

Tuesday, April 1st 2008, 2:51 pm
By: News 9


The family of an inmate who died in an Oklahoma City federal detention center was awarded $900,000 on Tuesday.

Thirteen years after Kenneth Trentadue died while in federal custody, a federal judge ruled the family suffered extreme and emotional distress. The government reported Trentadue committed suicide, but Trentadue's family claimed he was beaten to death.

The judge faulted the government for not telling Trentadue's family about injuries to his body and that an autopsy had been done.

Trentadue's family was initially awarded more than a $1 million, but an appeals court ordered the judge to refigure the amount.