Crist Signs $4.8 Million Claims Bill for Panama City Family

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The family of a Panama City teen who died after being roughed up by juvenile boot camp guards last year will receive five 5 million dollars under a bill signed Wednesday by Governor Charlie Crist.

Martin Lee Anderson was 14 when he died in January 2006 shortly after being kneed and struck and having ammonia tablets held to his nose at the military-style facility.

The detention center was run by the Bay County Sheriff's Office in Panama City. It has been shut down.

Crist and several other lawmakers pushed for the settlement this spring.

The state has already paid Anderson's parents 200-thousand dollars, the most allowed by law without legislative approval. The bill signed by Crist pays the remaining 4.8 million.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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