Former Metro sergeant, prison company settle shooting lawsuit - WSMV News 4

Former Metro sergeant, prison company settle shooting lawsuit

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A lawsuit has been settled between former Metro police Sgt. Mark Chesnut and Corrections Corporation of America in which Chesnut blamed the private prison company after an escaped inmate shot him multiple times in 2009.

Joseph Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty last year to shooting Chesnut during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 on June 25, 2009. Jackson and his cousin Cortney Logan were each found guilty of first-degree attempted murder.

At the time of the shooting, Jackson was on the run from authorities in Mississippi, where he had escaped from a CCA prison.

The lawsuit was settled last month out of court by a mediator for an undisclosed amount.

Chesnut's lawyer David Raybin had no comment when contacted by Channel 4.

CCA released a statement to Channel 4:

"CCA and Sgt. Mark Chesnut resolved the legal matter under confidential terms and we are unable to discuss specific details. However, we at CCA do want to express our appreciation for Sgt. Chesnut's heroic service in law enforcement. Safety and security has, and will remain CCA's top priority."

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