SIOUX CITY | Woodbury County has paid $280,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by nine people accusing two sheriff's deputies of using excessive force and bringing false criminal charges against them.
The Woodbury County Board had approved the settlement agreement in August, but attorneys declined to disclose the settlement amount until after the plaintiffs signed a release agreeing to dismiss the suit. Final dismissal papers were filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.
A check for the settlement has been issued from the county's liability fund, county Finance Director Dennis Butler said.
The settlement calls for payment of the money to Clint Small, Adam Lee, Michele Heck, Jason Hopkins, Derrick Pomranky, Amber Gamboa, Nicholas Palmer, Tracy Mertz and the estate of Jon Flanders.
Their attorney, Stan Munger, declined to say how the money was divided, but that it was proportional to the seriousness of what happened to each individual.
Doug Phillips, who represented the county, had no comment.
In September 2010, the lawsuit was filed against deputies James McCrystal, Todd Trobaugh and Woodbury County.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs were attending a benefit party in Sloan, Iowa, on Oct. 5, 2008, when McCrystal and Trobaugh responded to a call of a disturbance. McCrystal was accused of using excessive force while arresting Small, who was taken to the ground and suffered cuts and bruises to his face.
The suit said that McCrystal and Trobaugh filed charges and made false statements against the other eight plaintiffs to cover up McCrystal's actions while arresting Small. All nine of the plaintiffs eventually had the charges against them dismissed or were acquitted at trial.