The Augusta Commission authorized a $75,000 settlement Tuesday in the death of Earl Bolar, who was fatally beaten in August 2011 while he slept on the floor of a holding cell at the Richmond County jail.
Bolar, 48, had a crack cocaine addiction and left his Waynesboro, Ga., home for Augusta, where he was jailed Aug. 3, 2011, for disorderly conduct.
Deputies were unaware they had placed Bolar into a cell with violent offenders, according to the settlement, although the man whom authorities identified as Bolar’s assailant, Jeremy Gene Taylor, had been arrested earlier that day after being accused of breaking a man’s jaw at a Walker Street halfway house.
In the holding cell as other inmates stood by, Bolar was attacked while he slept. The incident lasted less than a minute, according to the settlement.
Bolar’s mother told The Augusta Chronicle in 2011 that her son was a helpful, upbeat man who struggled with addiction but whose life shouldn’t have ended that way.
“My son died right there before he even got to the hospital,” Mattie Williams said.
Bolar, 48, suffered skull injuries and was kept alive by machines until Aug. 17, 2011.
Taylor, 32, remains in the Richmond County jail on aggravated battery and murder charges.