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Family of homeless preacher awarded $4.6 million in Denver jail death

DENVER (Reuters) - The family of a homeless street preacher who died in a Denver county jail was awarded $4.6 million on Tuesday by a federal jury who found five sheriff's deputies used excessive force to subdue the U.S. Army veteran. Marvin Booker, 56, died after an altercation with officers as he was being booked into the jail on a drug warrant in July 2010, according to a lawsuit filed by his relatives in U.S. District Court. The suit accused five deputies with the Denver Sheriff's Department of a "massive over-reaction" when they used a choke hold and stun gun to control the 5-foot-5, 135-pound Booker. "The deputies then carried Mr. Booker's limp,...