Scotts Bluff County’s insurance company has officially approved settling a claim filed by the estate of fallen corrections officer Amanda Baker for $162,000. The NIRMA board gave their stamp of approval to the settlement last Friday after the Scotts Bluff County Commissioners had officially received notice of the agreement at their meeting two weeks ago.
Baker died early the morning of Valentines Day 2014 when she was strangled by juvenile inmate Dylan Cardeilhac in his cell.
Scotts Bluff County Board Chair Mark Masterton said the settlement figure did not change from the time NIRMA initially made the offer two years ago. Masterton said “with the protracted lawsuit it was unfortunate the family had to go without the money for that long.”
The estate had also asked in their claim for an independent review of jail procedures. Board Chair Mark Masterton maintains the county is always working to improve on the security and safety of employees and inmates through the training process and when officers don’t follow those procedures issues come up.
The estate’s attorney Maren Chaloupka was not immediately available for comment.
Cardeilhac, 17 at the time of the assault, was convicted of second degree murder and was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison.