The civil trial over the horrific death of a diabetic woman in a Maricopa County jail has come to an abrupt end.
After three weeks of testimony, attorneys for Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the county offered a settlement to the family of Deborah Braillard to avoid having the case go to a jury.
The decision also comes just days after emotional testimony from the Braillard’s daughter.
Because of a court order and confidentiality agreement, the settlement amount will not be disclosed until after county supervisors approve the move in a public meeting.
But the ABC15 Investigators have learned that the total is at least $1 million.
In 2005, Deborah Braillard was deprived insulin and denied medical care for three days inside the Estrella Jail, records show.
She died after slipping into a diabetic coma.
Her daughter, Jennifer, brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the county, which took seven years to reach trial.
On the stand, Jennifer Braillard testified for several hours.
When asked what she thinks about when she looks back at her mother’s death, Jennifer said she wishes her mother could meet her grandchildren.
“I didn’t get to share the experience of becoming a mom with her,” Jennifer said crying.
County officials had refused to settle the case until this week.
The move comes after several days of dramatic testimony that exposed serious mistakes, a long history of problems in the jails and attempts to cover-up and alter documents related to Deborah Braillard’s death.
The Braillard case has cost taxpayers more than $1.8 million in attorney’s fees alone.
The settlement will add to the $25 million that’s already been paid out for jail death cases since Arpaio took office.
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