$500,000 settlement reached in Herkimer Co. inmate’s death

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dr jerkoff

Herkimer, NY

#1 Dec 4, 2012
great job herk co. smucks
UTICA — Herkimer County and Little Falls Hospital agreed to settle for $500,000 Tuesday in connection to the 2006 death of an inmate at the county jail who overdosed after being prescribed a dangerous level of medication.
After only three witnesses testified in a federal trial that began Monday in U.S. District Court, a settlement was reached by the county and the hospital to pay $250,000 each to the estate of Michael DiCamillo, which is represented by his brother Matthew Gabriel.
Among the defendants was nurse practitioner Charlene Macri, an employee of Little Falls Hospital at the time who had been contracted to do medical care at the jail while DiCamillo was incarcerated. She is now working directly for Herkimer County as a nurse practitioner at the jail.
Herkimer County and Little Falls Hospital agreed to settle for $500,000 Tuesday in connection to the 2006 death of an inmate at the county jail who overdosed after being prescribed a dangerous level of medication.
After only three witnesses testified in a federal trial that began Monday in U.S. District Court, a settlement was reached by the county and the hospital to pay $250,000 each to the estate of Michael DiCamillo, which is represented by his brother Matthew Gabriel.
Among the defendants was nurse practitioner Charlene Macri, an employee of Little Falls Hospital at the time who had been contracted to do medical care at the jail while DiCamillo was incarcerated. She is now working directly for Herkimer County as a Farber, however, would not say whether any lessons were learned or policies changed at the jail as a result of DiCamillo’s death.
“We’re always changing policy and procedures, but the case was basically resolved during trial without any finding of any wrongdoing by any of the parties,” Farber said.“We didn’t do anything wrong. We learn lessons everyday. We find things that we could do better that we change on our own, but until our attorneys are done with everything, I’m done commenting.”
According to the state Commission of Correction, DiCamillo, 38, of Utica, died June 30, 2006, while incarcerated at the jail as a result of heart complications caused by toxic levels of the antidepressant Venlafaxine.
In their findings, the commission attributes DiCamillo’s death to a community psychiatrist – who is not identified by name – who prescribed a dangerous level of medication and then failed to adequately monitor his use.
As far as Herkimer County is concerned, the commission also states “DiCamillo’s death could have been prevented had proper medical intervention been provided when he began showing signs of acute intoxication” while he was jailed.
Neither Gabriel’s attorney, Elmer Keach III, nor the attorneys for Herkimer County and Macri – Thomas Murphy and Joseph Perkins, respectively – could be reached for comment Tuesday. The case was heard by U.S. District Judge David N. Hurd.
DiCamillo – who had a history of health problems and a lengthy list of prescribed medications – was first incarcerated at the county jail on June 23, 2006, after being charged with resisting arrest. Signs of drug intoxication soon became apparent in the seven days leading up to DiCamillo’s death, court documents state.
He would sweat profusely and could barely keep his eyes open while sitting on the floor, the lawsuit states. Other times he couldn’t walk and would fall down, with occasional drooling, loss of consciousness and confusion.
His drug intoxication was further compounded, the lawsuit states, as jail personnel failed to give DiCamillo his medication at proper intervals and instead forced him to take all of his medication at one time, once a day.
Several hours before DiCamillo died, he attempted to get up that morning and fell, documents state. A correction officer informed Macri of this incident, but instead of directly evaluating DiCamillo she ordered that one of his medications be discontinued until further notice.
ohhhh

Liverpool, NY

#3 Dec 5, 2012
just pretend it was ur brother

Since: Nov 12

New York, NY

#8 Dec 5, 2012
You appear to be a bitter, mean person. Many of your comments and remarks are of-color, and off-base.

You said, "Sh*t happens" regarding the initial post on this subject. That to me sounded like you could care les about this person. Am I correct in assuming this ?
watcher

Herkimer, NY

#10 Dec 5, 2012
I imagine the Sheriff has promoted the incompetent responsible for this death.. that would herkimer county business as usual...at the very least they are probably still employed by Farber.
that is ok

New York, NY

#11 Dec 5, 2012
watcher wrote:
I imagine the Sheriff has promoted the incompetent responsible for this death.. that would herkimer county business as usual...at the very least they are probably still employed by Farber.
maybe Mary will run for Sheriff!
Way to go

Little Falls, NY

#12 Dec 5, 2012
Yep, a garage mechanic running the jail, that's what we get.. Cost the taxpayers a lot of money. Thanks to George and his Cousin Chris Farber.. "Farber, however, would not say whether any lessons were learned or policies changed at the jail as a result of DiCamillo’s death." Well there ya go, thats are top Law man, what a joke your are Farber. You should just resign, 2 deaths 3 escapes, nice track record. Letting the jail fall to pieces . You are doing nothing but costing us money.
REDHOT CHILI PEPPERS

Ilion, NY

#13 Dec 5, 2012
{him, or the position he holds?}
that is ok

New York, NY

#14 Dec 7, 2012
Way to go wrote:
Yep, a garage mechanic running the jail, that's what we get.. Cost the taxpayers a lot of money. Thanks to George and his Cousin Chris Farber.. "Farber, however, would not say whether any lessons were learned or policies changed at the jail as a result of DiCamillo’s death." Well there ya go, thats are top Law man, what a joke your are Farber. You should just resign, 2 deaths 3 escapes, nice track record. Letting the jail fall to pieces . You are doing nothing but costing us money.
why is it me and you only see that? but he looks good with his puss all over the paper giving to everyone except herkimer county residents! But thats what we voted for.
bar fly

Cold Brook, NY

#15 Dec 8, 2012
Way to go wrote:
Yep, a garage mechanic running the jail, that's what we get.. Cost the taxpayers a lot of money. Thanks to George and his Cousin Chris Farber.. "Farber, however, would not say whether any lessons were learned or policies changed at the jail as a result of DiCamillo’s death." Well there ya go, thats are top Law man, what a joke your are Farber. You should just resign, 2 deaths 3 escapes, nice track record. Letting the jail fall to pieces . You are doing nothing but costing us money.
Praise your bi polar ratpublican people!!
concerned citizen

Little Falls, NY

#16 Dec 9, 2012
I have worked in a maximum security psych center...where we took inmates out of state prisons that had mental health problems...they were always medicated upon admission...but my point is...you can't blame people with no medical background(the sheriffs) for not knowing there was a problem with this guys meds...in my experience that falls squarely on the shoulders of the doctor that ordered the meds...how can you blame the sheriff? He is not a doctor...when it comes to psych meds, all employees look to the doctor on duty.
bar fly

Cold Brook, NY

#17 Dec 10, 2012
concerned citizen wrote:
I have worked in a maximum security psych center...where we took inmates out of state prisons that had mental health problems...they were always medicated upon admission...but my point is...you can't blame people with no medical background(the sheriffs) for not knowing there was a problem with this guys meds...in my experience that falls squarely on the shoulders of the doctor that ordered the meds...how can you blame the sheriff? He is not a doctor...when it comes to psych meds, all employees look to the doctor on duty.
When you make the big money these baby sitters get-know your job and do it.Jail is just another form of welfare
Herk CO

Little Falls, NY

#18 Dec 17, 2012
Ok don't blame the Sheriff, but how about reviewing your policies and procedures, "Farber, however, would not say whether any lessons were learned or policies changed at the jail as a result of DiCamillo’s death." There are lots of problems within the sheriff's office. This is just one of many, incompetence running this jail is the main reason, To say how can we blame the Sheriff about this, come on, This is not his first death or escape during his terms. He is so arrogant that he feels no change should be done. He needs to update his policies and procedures and get with the times, not ignore what happened and hope it will not happen again. You must be a friend or relative and you obviously do not work for him, because you would know first hand how this was handled and the what could have been done to prevent this. That,s why they settled, so the public would not find out the whole story....So yes.. we can blame the Sheriff. He is definitely at fault here for not making changes to prevent things like this.

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