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Lake County sheriff to talk about inmate's death at Lake County Board committee meeting

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More than two years after Lake County jail inmate Eugene Gruber was fatally injured during a confrontation with guards, the sheriff's office is finally set to release its review of the matter.

The results of an independent investigation into Gruber's death and the death of another inmate also will be released, Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose said.

Sheriff Mark Curran will present the reports to the Lake County Board's financial and administrative committee at 1 p.m. Wednesday. That session will be held at the county government center, 18 N. County St., Waukegan.

Gruber, 51, of Grayslake, was injured Oct. 31, 2011, after an arrest by sheriff's deputies.

Gruber was beaten while being processed at the jail, resulting in neck injuries that left him paralyzed.

He died the following March at a rehabilitation hospital in Chicago.

Gruber's family settled a lawsuit against the county for $1.95 million earlier this year.

No criminal charges have been filed in the case.

Gruber was the second jail inmate who died in 2012. That January, Vernon Hills resident Lyvita Gomes died after a hunger strike at the jail. She was dehydrated and malnourished, an autopsy showed.

A federal lawsuit was filed after her death, too. Relatives alleged jail administrators and the sheriff ignored her mental illness and denied her appropriate medical care.

That case hasn't been resolved.

An independent investigation into the two deaths was ordered in 2013. No details from that investigation have been released to the public, but they will be Wednesday, Rose said.

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