Before the Nevada Board of Examiners awarded $450,000 to the mother of an inmate who died in state prison, board members were told he died from an adverse reaction to an anti-psychotic drug he was given forcibly by guards. What never was mentioned at the public meeting was that Jamie Kline’s death certificate called his demise a homicide, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Kline, 45, was serving a 15-year sentence in the Northern Nevada Correctional Center for a burglary and grand larceny conviction. He died in November 2009 after serving 2½ years.
The state settled with his mother, Evelyn Johnson, after she filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Corrections. Her lawyer, Theodore Parker, said Kline “literally was strangled to death by the correctional officers” when a group of guards held him down to administer the drug. After the Review-Journal published a story about the June settlement, Johnson called the newspaper to complain about the account Deputy Attorney General Alicia Lerud gave to the state board. She said she wanted the true details of the death to be made public.