The family of Ethan Saylor, a man with Down syndrome who died after a confrontation with off-duty Frederick County sheriff's deputies in 2013, will receive $1.9 million in a settlement reached earlier this month in the case.
Saylor, who was 26, tried to enter a second screening of “Zero Dark Thirty” at the Westview Promenade movie theater on Jan. 12, 2013, without buying another ticket. The three deputies, who were working security on behalf of Hill Management Services at the time, tried to remove Saylor and a struggle ensued. Saylor suffered a fractured larynx during the encounter and died of asphyxia, according to autopsy reports.
"It's some closure and now the job of really healing and going forward is possible," Patti Saylor, Ethan's mother, said when reached for comment Wednesday. "... In a long, drawn out court case like this, healing isn't always possible, so now that this settlement has been reached, we can start to focus on that."