By: Bruce Vielmetti – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published: 10:34 a.m. CT June 10, 2021 Updated: 10:47 a.m. CT June 10, 2021
A Milwaukee man convicted of a brutal beating death he recorded on the victim’s Snapchat account was just over a year into a 27-year sentence when he killed himself in prison.
Now, his family is suing prison staff they say had ample reason to know Devin Katzfey was suicidal and didn’t take actions that could have prevented his death.
“Katzfey’s suicide was not an anomaly,” the federal lawsuit states. “It was the product of endemic practices at Columbia (Correctional Institution) — well known to prison supervisors — whereby staff looked at prisoners who harmed themselves with disdain and routinely minimized or ignored requests for help.”