Family Of Slain Correctional Officer Reaches Settlement
WILKES-BARRE — The family of slain Correctional Officer Kristopher Moules has reached a confidential settlement with the elevator companies whose equipment led to his fatal fall two years ago, according to recently filed court documents.
Moules, 25, of Larksville, and inmate Timothy D. Gilliam Jr., 27, of Wilkes-Barre, fell to their deaths during a struggle on the jail’s fifth floor on July 18, 2016. Authorities said the pair slammed into the elevator door during the confrontation, causing the door to swing inward from its base and allowing the men to fall 59 feet.
Both men’s families filed suit against Schindler Elevator Corp., Inventio AG, Otis Elevator Co. and Nagle Elevator Inspection & Testing LLC.
Documents recently filed in court say that Moules’ family has reached a “confidential settlement” with Schindler and “resolved” the claims against Nagle. The family has no further claims pending, the filings say.
However, Gilliam’s family has not settled and is currently fighting efforts to have the Moules lawsuit closed, citing pending counterclaims involving that case.
Luzerne County also has a pending lawsuit against the businesses that was just filed last month. In that complaint, county officials allege the companies’ “shoddy” work cost taxpayers more than $180,000 in repairs, overtime and other costs.
The suit contended that Schindler was required to use original parts for the door that failed, but its employees nevertheless installed an improperly sized guide on the door — what the suit describes as a “cheap replacement part” to save money.
The door also contained no safety retainers, and had a hanging roller assembly that was worn out and out of adjustment, the complaint alleges.
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