A jury in Los Angeles has awarded $80,250 to a man who claimed a sheriff's deputy punched him in his jail cell and broke his jaw.
The jury found Monday that Deputy Jay Brown used excessive force against 22-year-old Christopher Lee Wilder.
Wilder was in the Men's Central Jail two years ago on a drunken driving allegation. He claimed that Brown punched him twice for stepping through the open door of his cell to ask another jail employee if he could make a call to his mother.
Brown's defense attorneys insist Wilder stuck his foot in the doorway of the cell to keep the jail employee from closing it. They said that when Brown ordered Wilder to step back from the door, the inmate raised his fist at the deputy.