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Illinois guard seeks PTSD disability over brother

Published: Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 10:44 a.m. CDT

CHESTER – An Illinois prison guard whose brother is serving a life sentence for strangling his wife and children is applying for a disability award for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports ( ) the Menard Correctional Center guard, Brad Coleman, claims worrying about his brother, Christopher Coleman, caused his PTSD.

The guard's disability claim is under review, but could pay $32,000 a year for seven years. The 35-year-old Brad Coleman is on unpaid leave and works as a barber and part-time police officer in the southwestern Illinois village of Chester.

He told the newspaper seeing other prisoners reminded him of his brother, who was convicted in the 2009 deaths of Sheri Coleman and the couple's sons, ages 11 and 9.

A Department of Corrections spokesman confirms Coleman has applied for disability.


Information from: Belleville News-Democrat,

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