It appears that a federal lawsuit filed by former Hamblen County Jail inmate Jeremy Garcia, who was injured in a fight in February 2015, is headed for a settlement, according to court documents.

Jeffery R. Thompson, the attorney representing Hamblen County’s insurance company, indicated in a recent court filing county government “is not opposed to mediating this case.”

Garcia’s attorney, Lance K. Baker, signaled earlier he would consider mediation to settle the $5 million lawsuit.

Garcia, who is “intellectually disabled,” suffered facial fractures and a concussion at the hands a group of inmates known as “The House,” according to the lawsuit.

Garcia, who lives in Knoxville, had angered members of The House when he was incarcerated in 2014, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges corrections officers should have segregated him from the reputed predatory inmates in 2015 as they had done the previous year.

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