New York City to pay $3.5M in settlement over Rikers inmate who died in solitary confinement
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New York City has agreed to pay a woman $3.5 million following the 2014 death of her boyfriend while he was an inmate at Rikers Island.  

The city reached the $3.5 million settlement with Alexis Rodriguez over the death of Rolando Perez, who died two days after being placed in solitary confinement, according to The Associated Press.


Perez, 36, was being held on burglary charges and died after being deprived of seizure medication, according to records reported by the AP.

A spokesperson for the city's law department confirmed the settlement to The Hill but referred further comments to the state Corrections Department.

Corrections Department spokesman Peter Thorne told The Hill in a statement that an officer was fired and another was disciplined as a result of Perez's death, adding that the city has also replaced its health care provider for people in custody.

"We care deeply about the health and well-being of all individuals in our custody," Thorne said.

Perez was incarcerated after he was accused of stealing a TV, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. He was sent to solitary confinement after a fight, according to the outlet. 

“It was negligence,” attorney Jeffrey Guzman, who represents Rodriguez, told the Daily News. “It was a total lack of regard for his medical needs.” 

Perez was reportedly placed in solitary confinement without being cleared by medical personnel, according to the AP, citing city records and Perez's family.  

Other detainees told investigators they heard him screaming for his medication, according to the news service.

Perez had suffered from a seizure disorder since he was a teen, according to the AP, and relied on medication to control his condition.

Updated May 2, 12 a.m.