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Parents speak out after son dies in jail

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)- A civil lawsuit has been settled in Bannock County as part of a wrongful death in the jail in December 2018. The county agreed to pay former coroner Kim Quick and his wife, Shauna, a large settlement after their son Lance died while being held at the jail.

According to the tort claim, Lance was a former firefighter who suffered from PTSD and bi-polar disorder. The claim said he died of dehydration and starvation while in the jail. The suit said the jail was grossly negligent in their actions.

Kim Quick said, "I would like to see some justice and some accountability and make the proper changes so the system can be better for the public and people won't fall through the cracks."

A criminal case is still pending.

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  1. Lance told me a couple of months before his death that his parents had basically left him and didn’t want to have anything to do with him. He was basically on his own to drink drive and take or not take his needed pills.

    Told me parents were very well off and would not help at all, except for giving him a place to live, rent free if needed. However, he did have a company and from what he said he was finally paying them the rent.

    True or not, but after he attempted suicide (a few months before he died), he said he felt abandoned. Again, I don’t know if Lance was just saying this, or it was the truth.

    But one thing I did understand about Lance was although he was hard to know, very irrational at times (probably due to being off drugs), he was always truthful or at least truthful in what I knew about him. Heck, it was Lance who told me he was arrested a few times for abuse and ended up getting charges dropped; otherwise I would never have known; heck, didn’t really care.

    As to his death….I wonder and will not blame anyone. I have read and heard both sides of the story and will only say I am rather upset with the county. They should have taken this to court; not settled. But that irrelevant now.

    I wish the family well, but glad to say, I will never have contact with them.

  2. So how long was he in jail? You can survive three days without water, and three weeks without food, so how did he die of starvation and dehydration? Something doesn’t smell right with this story.

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