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Warren County pays $100K for inmate death

Updated: Jul 2

By: Lisa Hobbs -- Reporter for the Southern Standard

Warren County Sheriff s Department

Warren County government has paid $100,000 to the family of a man who died after being booked into jail for drunk driving in December 2015.  

The man, Trinity Lynn “Trent” Bouldin, 35, died Dec. 25.

An order of compromise and settlement was filed with the Circuit Court of Warren County. It said Warren County would pay the Bouldin estate $100,000 and that money would be divided among the proper persons. Warren County government also agreed to pay all outstanding court costs associated with the lawsuit.

According to former sheriff Jackie Matheny at that time, Bouldin was brought in around 8:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve. He had been arrested on charges of driving on a revoked license and DUI. He had undergone sobriety tests prior to being booked and was charged with drunk driving after performing poorly.

The sheriff said Bouldin was placed in a holding cell by himself and apparently dozed off shortly after being placed in the cell. He wouldn’t answer a few hours later when correction officers came to check on him. After not coming around, Bouldin was rushed unresponsive to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Matheny said all normal booking procedures were used.

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