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“That doesn’t authorize the beating,” he told The AJC, adding that the money will go to Mason’s family, who may put it toward the cost of appealing his convictions. “I think the settlement sends a message.”
Mason was awaiting trial on murder charges when jailer Cesary Wilborn went into his cell on July 8, 2016. Wilborn, allegedly angry because he believed the inmate had thrown liquid on him and been rude, punched Mason in the face and head, according to the suit.
The suit was also against Sgt. Tonjai Roberts, who was accused of failing to move swiftly enough to seek medical treatment for Mason. Roberts allegedly told Mason to “man up and sleep it off.”
Both deputies are still employed by DeKalb, but “Appropriate disciplinary actions were taken at the time of the incident in 2016,” the sheriff said.
Staff writer Tia Mitchell contributed reporting.