A federal jury has awarded $9.25 million to the mother of a prisoner who died after a 2016 confrontation with correction officers at Clinton Correctional Facility.
The verdict was delivered hours after the jury began deliberating Tracy Yvonne Cooper’s assertion that baton-wielding guards at the Dannemora prison used excessive force when they killed her 25-year-old son, Terry L. Cooper.
Jurors started deliberating at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday following closing arguments before U.S. District Judge Anne Nardacci.
Attorney General Letitia James’ office, which defended the officers, declined to discuss the verdict on Thursday.
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