State seeks $11K from mother whose son died in prison shooting

A woman whose son was shot and killed in 2014 by a corrections officer at the state prison in Pendleton filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against the officer.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2018 1:05 PM

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- A woman whose son was shot and killed in 2014 by a corrections officer at the state prison in Pendleton filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against the officer.

The East Oregonian reports that Kristen Wilson lost the case in early August and now the state is asking her to pay more than $11,000 for the cost of defending the lawsuit.

Jayson Withers, 26, was an inmate at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, and on Aug. 29, 2014, he and another inmate attacked a third in an outdoor prison yard. Corrections officer Charles Frates shot Withers.

Wilson's attorney, Michelle Burrows, filed an objection to the bill. Burrows said Withers "had virtually no assets" when he died.

Burrows also said the parties had a deal to split costs, but now Frates and his attorney with the state seek to have Wilson pay for all of it "despite prior agreement to the contrary."

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