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updated: 8/19/2014 8:43 AM

Sangamon County panel OKs $2.6 million settlement

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A Sangamon County committee has approved a $2.6 million settlement offer to the family of a former clown charged with child sex crimes who died in jail in 2007.

The State Journal-Register reports the county board's civil liabilities committee signed off on Monday. The full county board next has to approve the settlement.

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The county isn't admitting liability. It says it's spent about $2.7 million in legal fees since the lawsuit started in 2008.

A. Paul Carlock of Springfield died in a hospital after a physical struggle with guards at the county jail. The 57-year-old had been arrested on federal child pornography and molestation charges.

A sheriff has denied wrongdoing by jail staff.

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