Illinois man Brad Coleman applied for a disability award for post-traumatic stress disorder in November, claiming that thoughts of his imprisoned brother worry him.
The $224,000 tax-free settlement would come from the State Employees’ Retirement System.
Coleman’s brother, Christopher, was sentenced to life in prison for strangling his wife and children to death. He was sentenced in 2009.
Now, Coleman claims that working as a prison guard reminds him of this fact -- as verified by a physician.
“It’s the [prison] environment,” Coleman said. “It weighs on you.”
Coleman’s claim is under review, but could pay up to $32,000 a year for seven years if approved.
Coleman is currently on unpaid leave and works as a barber and part-time police officer.