Salt Lake County has paid $144,000 to the family of a man who starved to death in the Salt Lake County jail.
District Attorney Sim Gill disclosed the amount Thursday. The money will settle the federal lawsuit filed by the family of Carlos Umana, the inmate who died at age 20.
Umana's family also settled their lawsuit with the jail's medical contractor, MHM Correctional Services Inc. Terms of the settlement with MHM were not disclosed.
Umana weighed 175 pounds when he was booked into the Salt Lake County jail Oct. 27, 2010, on suspicion of attempted murder. When he died in the jail four months later, Umana weighed 77 pounds, according to jail records. A medical examiner said Umana died from starvation and dehydration, with mental illness as a contributing factor.
Umana suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to his family. He was arrested after he stabbed his mother's boyfriend in the back with a small knife as the man prepared a meal. Umana later told police he thought the boyfriend was trying to poison him.
In jail, Umana did not receive medication for mental illness and was refusing to eat or drink. The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office has said since Umana's death, it has changed its policies to allow forced feeding on inmates who may not be competent enough to consume food on their own.
Gill on Thursday said the county and Sheriff Jim Winder are "committed to making sure those inmates in their custody get the care they deserve and what the law requires."