BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge in Baltimore has slashed the damages awarded in the death of a state prison inmate who was murdered aboard a prison bus in 2005.

In a decision released Tuesday, Baltimore City Circuit Judge Sylvester Cox reduced the jury award from $18.5 million to

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Cox ruled that a state law limits the state’s liability to $200,000 per claimant. He found that Philip Parker Jr.’s mother,
father and estate were each entitled to that much. Their lawyer says they’ll appeal.

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Inmate Kevin Johns was convicted of strangling Parker as the bus traveled on Interstate 70 from Hagerstown to Baltimore.

Cox reversed a jury finding that the head correctional officer on the bus was grossly negligent. And he said three other officers found negligent were public officials immune from liability.

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