Rio Arriba County reaches settlement with Española teen tased by deputy

New Mexico

ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – An Española teen is getting a big payout after he was tased by a deputy.

In May of last year, Deputy Jeremy Barnes tased a 15-year-old special education student at Española Valley High. The teen’s family sued the county and on Monday the teen’s attorney, Shannon Kennedy, announced they had reached a settlement.

She would only say it was a ‘substantial amount of money’ that would be paid out to her client over time. Following the tasing, Barnes was fired from the Sheriff’s department and is facing criminal charges.

He is scheduled for trial in May.

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