Yakima County settles misconduct suit against coroner

A Washington inmate is suing the State Department of Corrections, alleging it denied him surgery because he was close to his release.

Our partners at The Spokesman-Review reports the suit says Fred Beeman was at the Airway Heights Correctional Center in 2015 when he was hospitalized with a gallbladder condition.

Beeman claims an official did not want the department to incur the expense of a surgery that he would survive without until his release.

A DOC spokesman says it does not comment on pending litigation.

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