Former Nashville Officer Settles CCA lawsuit

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Former Nashville officer settles CCA lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Metro Nashville police officer has settled his lawsuit over a prison escape that resulted in career-ending wounds to him.

Mark Chesnut had sued for-profit prison company Corrections Corporation of America, which operated the Greenville, Miss., prison that Joseph Jackson Jr. escaped from the day Chesnut was shot.

Chesnut was a sergeant with the department when he stopped a rental car carrying Jackson and his cousin -- Courtney Logan of Louisville, Ky. -- both of whom are serving prison sentences on attempted murder convictions.

Chesnut declined comment through his attorney, David Raybin, according to The Tennessean (

The lawyer did not disclose the amount of the settlement Tuesday, but Chesnut had asked for $16.5 million in damages.

CCA spokesman Mike Machak said terms of the agreement are confidential.