December 21, 2014

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Former inmate gets $50,000 settlement after jail beating

Jordan Sand

Jordan Sand

Marlon Taylor

Marlon Taylor

A former Lorain County Jail inmate who was beaten by a guard has received a $50,000 payout to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The agreement ends the lawsuit Jordan Sand filed earlier this year over his treatment by former corrections Officer Marlon Taylor, who is awaiting sentencing in connection with the July 29, 2012, beating.

Sand was serving out the remainder of a juvenile sentence at the Lorain County Jail when he got into a confrontation with Taylor, a veteran guard, over his refusal to take antidepressant medication Taylor was helping another jail employee distribute.

Taylor ordered Sand to gather his belongings because he was going to “the hole.” A video then shows the two men walk through a security door before Taylor slammed Sand against the glass of a security control room.

The pair then walked a short distance before stopping to talk. The video then showed Taylor begin punching Sand, who was driven back against a wall and a bench. Sand fell to the ground and curled into the fetal position as Taylor continued to strike him.

Taylor rained blows on Sand, who didn’t fight back, for about 30 seconds before other guards arrived and took Sand away.

Initially, Taylor argued that Sand threatened him and had his fist curled into a ball, allegations Sand denied.

Sand did say he had been “mouthing off” to Taylor.

The lawsuit said that Sand, who is now on probation in an unrelated robbery case, spent two weeks in solitary confinement following the incident.

Taylor ultimately was fired by county Sheriff Phil Stammitti over the incident.

In the settlement documents, the county and other defendants in the lawsuit didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing.

Assistant County Prosecutor Dan Petticord declined to comment further on the settlement.

An attorney for Sand did not return a call seeking comment Monday.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.