Senate Committee Hears Bill for Boot Camp Death

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Senate committee is holding a hearing Tuesday on a claims bill that would pay five million dollars to the family of a 14-year-old who died after been roughed up at a juvenile boot camp.

On Friday, a pair of special masters recommended to lawmakers that the claim be cut in half for Martin Anderson's death last year.

They said most of the blame should be shouldered by the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office ran the boot camp in Panama City, along with the guards who manhandled Anderson and a nurse who stood by and watched.

The sheriff's office already has settled with Anderson's parents
for just under two and a half million dollars.

The Department of Juvenile Justice so far has paid 200-thousand dollars, the maximum allowed by law without approval from the Legislature through passage of a claims bill.

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