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Settlement reached in lawsuit over disabled man's death

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Posted at 11:40 AM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 11:40:03-04

The family of a Maryland man with Down syndrome who died from asphyxiation in 2013 when three sheriff's deputies tried to forcibly remove him from a movie theater has settled a lawsuit against the state and others.

News outlets report that the parents of Robert Ethan Saylor have recently agreed to settle a long-running lawsuit against the state, the deputies and a management company for $1.9 million.

Saylor died five years ago as the off-duty deputies struggled to remove him from a movie theater because he hadn't purchased a ticket for a second viewing of a film. The deputies were moonlighting as security guards.

The death was ruled a homicide but the deputies weren't charged.