Settlement comes through mediation

Published 10:43 am Thursday, April 7, 2016

The federal lawsuit filed by a former Lawrence County inmate against sheriff Jeff Lawless has been settled through mediation.

“I can’t disclose the details of it,” Lawless said. “I am happy it is over so we can move forward.”

In early 2015, Larry Kinstler, of Ironton filed the civil suit in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio against Lawless, chief deputy Jeff Hitchcock, jailers Jeremy Hanshaw and Ronald Hatfield and former corrections officer Jason Mays.

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Damages were sought over the alleged violation of his constitutional rights while he was inmate, according to the suit.

The three officers were at the center of a criminal case also filed in federal court. Following a jury trial in the fall of 2015, the three were exonerated.

Kinstler was arrested on Aug. 16, 2014, the last day of the Rally on the River by Ohio State Highway Patrol for Ironton Police. He was charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication. The case was dismissed in Ironton Municipal Court on Aug. 25, 2014, because it was not filed on time.