Anderson Family Settles with Bay County Sheriff's Office

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Bay County authorities have agreed to
pay almost two-and-a-half-million dollars to settle with the family of a Panama City teenager who died last year after being roughed up in a state-supervised boot camp.

That's according to an attorney for the family.

This is in addition to a 5 million-dollar claims measure that the Senate has fast-tracked in response to a call by Governor Charlie Crist to settle the matter with the family of Martin Lee Anderson.

The family attorney says the total settlement comes to just under seven-and-a-half-(m)-million dollars.

A film shows seven guards engaged in what officials call "abusive and inhumane" behavior when they struck Anderson with fists and knees, knocked him to the ground and held ammonia capsules under his nose.

The guards and a nurse who watched have been charged with

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