Department of Corrections Settlement

A disturbed felon with a history of violence was released from prison on the condition he complied with certain requirements.  He was to be supervised by the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Rather than send him back to prison, DOC continued to allow him to be at large despite violent and bizarre behavior.  This individual approached a middle-aged woman weeding her garden in broad daylight and stabbed her in the shoulder so hard the knife blade snapped off in the bone.  She retained Mr. Crandall who filed suit against DOC on her behalf.  Rather than proceed to trial the client elected to accept a $175,000 settlement.