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Woman paralyzed in Florida prison wins $4.65 million settlement, seeks early release

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Cheryl Weimar was paralyzed during a beating at Lowell Correctional Facility near Ocala in August 2019.

A woman whose neck was broken during a prison beating is seeking a medical release after reaching a $4.65 million settlement with the Florida Department of Corrections.

Cheryl Weimar was paralyzed and now has tested positive for COVID-19.

After a horrifying ordeal, 52-year-old Weimar may be going home soon.

She is at the Florida Women Reception Center north of Ocala. Last August, she was at nearby Lowell prison when her lawyer says she was brutally beaten by four corrections officers.

Her federal lawsuit lists two of them, including a lieutenant who has since been arrested in an unrelated child sex case and fired.

Attorney Ryan Andrews says Weimar has had no symptoms from the coronavirus.

“And she thanks God for that,” he says. “And we’re all very grateful and looking forward to getting her into her own home where she can have some dignity and try to live out the rest of her life, you know, peacefully and among family and friends.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement opened an investigation into her injuries. No charges have been filed.

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Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.