A Bibb County state court jury on Wednesday awarded $118 million in damages to a mentally ill man who was beaten in a series of attacks at a kindergarten nearly a decade ago.
The beating happened in November 2013 at a day center for the developmentally disabled in Gordon, east of Macon.
The lawsuit, filed by Betty Gill, the mother of Joseph “Joey” Cason Jr., the man who was attacked, alleged that he was “repeatedly and sadistically beaten and otherwise abused by staff” at the center in episodes recorded on surveillance cameras.
Wednesday’s jury award included $90 million in punitive damages against Total Care Community Living Properties LLC, Total Care Personal Care Home LLC and the companies’ operators, husband and wife David Reeves and Pamela Whipple Reeves, who live in Macon.
Cason’s attorneys, Charles E. Cox and C. Brian Jarrard, said the $118 million award is the largest in Bibb State court history.
Jarrard described the allegations in the case as “reprehensible.”
Several care home staff involved in the attacks on Cason, now in his 50s, have since been prosecuted for their roles. Most received six months in jail and probation, Jarrard said.
Describing the attack on his client, Jarrard said Wednesday night that Cason “was for one day in November 2013 … just beaten up. In five hours, he was hit 96 times: clapped, mocked, laughed at, ignored.”
A judge in another trial related to the 2013 attack sentenced Cason $64.6 million in 2016.
— The report used information from the archives of the Telegraph.