News

County May Settle with “Klutzo” Family

County May Settle with “Klutzo” Family

A Sangamon County committee has approved a $2.6 million settlement offer to the family of a former clown charged with child sex crimes who died in jail in 2007.

The county board’s civil liabilities committee signed off on Monday. The full county board next has to approve the settlement.

The county isn’t admitting liability. It says it’s spent about $2.7 million in legal fees since the lawsuit started in 2008.

Amon Paul Carlock of Springfield died in a hospital after a physical struggle with guards at the county jail. The 57-year-old, who entertained kids as “Klutzo the Clown,” had been arrested on federal child pornography and molestation charges.

A sheriff has denied wrongdoing by jail staff.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: Oct. 21

elton-john

A look back at the Hollywood headlines that made history.

in Entertainment

Robin gig has gone to the girls

jenamalone

The superhero sidekick is set for a sex change in the upcoming "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" film.

in Music

Led Zeppelin plagiarism case to be heard in Pa.

2012 Kennedy Center Honorees and members of the band Led Zeppelin, from left, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant chat on the red carpet after arriving at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Performance and Gala Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at the State Department in Washington.

Led Zeppelin have lost the first round in their plagiarism battle over mega-hit "Stairway to Heaven."