WATCH: $200K Settlement Reached in Severely Diabetic 20-Year-Old Inmate Death

A notice of a $200,000 settlement was filed Tuesday in federal court in the case of a severely diabetic 20-year-old who died in the Bi-State Justice Building jail last year.

Morgan Angerbauer died of diabetic ketoacidosis in the early hours of July 1, 2016, after being found unresponsive in a medical observation cell and forced to ingest pure sugar.

Angerbauer’s blood-sugar level at autopsy was 813, well beyond a normal level of 70 to 140, according to court records.

Little Rock lawyer Matt Campbell filed a civil suit on Sept. 9, 2016, on behalf of Angerbauer’s estate in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas against LaSalle Corrections, the company that manages the jail. Also named as defendants are LaSalle owners and administrators, as well as jail staff members, including former licensed vocational nurse Brittany Johnson.

Johnson is accused of refusing to treat Angerbauer the evening before her death and of acting to cause the avoidable fatality in the civil suit and in a criminal case pending against Johnson in Miller County Circuit Court, where she is charged with felony manslaughter. Johnson’s nursing license has been suspended, and her criminal case is set for jury selection next week.

Campbell and lawyers representing the LaSalle defendants in the civil suit filed a joint motion Tuesday that includes a notice of a $200,000 settlement. The motion asks that proceedings in the case be stayed for 30 days and states that it “may be necessary for the terms of settlement to be presented” to Circuit Judge Carlton Jones, who is presiding over the estate in probate court in Miller County.

Angerbauer’s mother, Jennifer Houser of Texarkana, who initially contracted with Campbell to represent her, said Tuesday that she was completely unaware of any settlement proposal in the civil suit, that she was not consulted about it and that she is in disagreement with it.

“This was my daughter,” Houser said. “I’m never going to see her again.”

Houser was appointed by Jones to be administrator of her daughter’s estate July 7, 2016, with Campbell’s help. Houser said she did not know of Campbell before he contacted her via Facebook the day after her daughter’s death in a message that included his cell and work numbers.

Campbell filed the civil suit in September 2016 on behalf of Houser as administrator of the estate. Houser, Angerbauer’s father and Angerbauer’s siblings are not named individually as plaintiffs in the civil suit.

When a person dies with a will, they have typically designated someone to act as executor of their estate to manage and distribute any assets and debts upon death. When a person dies without a will, as Angerbauer did, a person, usually a spouse or family member, can petition the court to be appointed administrator so that they have the legal authority to act on matters concerning the estate.

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