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Todd County agrees to pay $1.8 million in lawsuit for death of inmate


According to court documents filed in United States District Court of Minnesota, Brett Huber, Sr. and Renae Berkland Huber filed a lawsuit against Todd County, Todd County Jail Administrator Scott Wright, Correctional Officers Cristina Sobiech, James Olson and “Jon Does 1-2” seeking monetary damages for the death of their son Brett Huber, Jr. while in custody at the Todd County Jail.

Huber, Jr. was in custody awaiting trial for the charges of burglary in the first degree and third degree and theft of a motor vehicle. Huber, Jr. committed suicide in his cell on June 11, 2017.

According to the complaint filed on August 8, 2018, the Hubers were seeking monetary compensation  for damages attributed to the deprivation of Huber, Jr.’s civil rights and deliberate indifference of Todd County and those involved. 

Huber, Jr., 25 at the time of his death, was raised in Spearfish, SD. He later moved to Anchorage, AL to work as an aide for a member of the Alaska House of Representatives and a page in the Alaska Senate. In 2016 he moved to Washington D.C.  to work for Alaska’s junior U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan. 

Huber entered into rehab for drug treatment in 2017 to combat his struggles with drug addiction while suffering from depression and anxiety. After completing treatment he left his job and moved to Minnesota. 

On March 18, 2017 Huber stole a Kia Sedona in Osakis. A Minnesota State Trooper spotted the vehicle on I-94 driving through the ditch and it entered traffic traveling in the wrong direction. The trooper turned on his lights and the vehicle crashed into the median. Huber approached the trooper screaming someone was going to kill him. The trooper later learned that Huber was in a hospital in Alexandria seeking treatment for an overdose of exstacy. Huber stole a car and drove to Osakis and crashed the vehicle before stealing the Kia. 

Huber escaped the trooper on I-94 and waved down vehicles and attempted to get inside. He eventually climbed on a tractor trailer. A fire truck was called in to get Huber off the trailer. Huber jumped onto the fire truck, back on the semi, and down the cab and was arrested. . . .

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