County settles $99K lawsuit over woman's death; ties to Vassar - WNEM TV 5

County settles $99K lawsuit over woman's death; ties to Vassar

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) - A county in western Michigan has agreed to pay $99,000 to settle a lawsuit over the death of a woman who was fatally shot by her estranged husband.

The lawsuit said officers of the Newaygo County sheriff's department in White Cloud failed to arrest Danlee Mead for repeatedly violating a personal protection order. Mead killed Jessica Mead and then himself in a wooded area in Oceana County in 2008.

Records show Newaygo County denied liability for the shooting but agreed to settle the case in federal court in Grand Rapids. Forty percent of the settlement would go to the Gruel Mills law firm in Grand Rapids.

Danlee Mead had a long criminal record and had spent time in prison. He was a graduate of Vassar High School in Tuscola County.

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