Widow of inmate who killed himself files suit

Widow of inmate who killed himself files suit

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The widow of an inmate who committed suicide at Lancaster County Prison in 2011 is suing the prison and its medical services provider.

Fifty-year-old John Kruger jumped from a second-floor railing and struck his head on the floor in March 2011. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports his widow, Debra Kruger, has filed two lawsuits alleging that the county and a counselor ignored Kruger’s suicidal behavior and medical needs.

She alleges staff ignored information provided by the family about his mental illness.

County attorney David MacMain says the county did all that can reasonably be expected to prevent a suicide. He says the suicide was unexpected by prison staff and other inmates.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman cleared the prison in Kruger’s death.

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