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Settlement reached between former inmate and Jasper County

JASPER COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jasper County inmate who sued the county and some of its officials accusing them of treating him as a slave has apparently won an out-of-court settlement.

Jasper County Attorney Ricky Ruffin confirmed a settlement had been reached but did not disclose figures.

Earlier in 2009, Keith Gregg's attorneys claimed he was owed $64,000 dollars in unpaid wages, over $400,000 dollars for stress and civil rights violations, and another $500,000 in punitive damages.

Gregg was convicted of forgery and false pretense charges in 2003 and was transferred from the state prison to Jasper County in 2004.

He claimed after Hurricane Katrina county officials discovered he had an electrical contractor's license and hired him to do private work at various locations for county officials. 

He said officials bribed him with prescription pain medicine and threatened to send him back to prison if he didn't do the work. 

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