A view of the entrance to Rikers Island jail complex in New York City

The family members of Victor Woods, 53, reached a $1.5 million settlement with New York City after Woods died from untreated, bleeding ulcers while incarcerated at Rikers Island, according to the New York Daily News.

Woods' relatives sued the city after he slowly bled to death internally on a cot at the Anna M. Kross Center of the jail complex on Oct. 1, 2014.


According to the Daily News, the correction officer on duty at the time, Wickenson DeMaitre, did nothing to help but, rather, simply sat there sipping his coffee. He claimed that he was the first to call in the emergency, but a video proved differently, and he was charged in 2015 with filing a false report about his response to the incident.

Other inmates tried to get jail staff members to call for help.

"We hope this settlement helps bring closure to Victor's loved ones," said Carmen Giordano, the family's lawyer. "Special thanks to those inmates who tried to help Victor during the days before he died, when no one else seemed to care."

According to the city medical examiner, Woods had 750 milliliters of blood in his stomach and died from hemorrhaging ulcers.

Read more at the New York Daily News.

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