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Attorneys say jail staff violated policies in inmate's death

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FREMONT COUNTY -

Attorneys for the family of a man who died in the Fremont County jail say inmates were abruptly cut off from certain prescription drugs in spite of policies against such actions, the AP reported.

53-year old John Walter was found dead on the floor of his cell in the Fremont County Jail. Reports said Walter lost 30 pounds in three weeks after he'd been booked on a charge of felony menacing.

Shortly after his death, the autopsy revealed Walter suffered multiple injuries including broken ribs and internal bleeding. Walter's attorney Edwin Budge told News 5 in January, that Walter was taking prescription anxiety medication Klonopin at the time of the arrest.

But Walter's need for anxiety medication was denied while he was incarcerated. Budge explained that abruptly stopping benzodiazepine medication such as Klonopin, can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms including loss of appetite, insomnia and hallucinations.

The lawsuit accuses guards of injuring Walter while trying to restrain him as he went through withdrawals.

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