The award is half for compensation and half for punitive damages.

A jury has awarded $590,600 to a former Ramsey County inmate who became gravely ill with tuberculosis in custody

A federal jury determined Monday that public health nurse Mary Clausen was "deliberately indifferent" to the plight of Marchello McCaster, who lost 44 pounds while serving a 56-day sentence in 2008.

McCaster was coughing and visibly ill, but the county contended he never complained of symptoms indicating TB.

His attorney, Robert Bennett, tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/Z7FNcw ) the award is half for compensation and half for punitive damages. He says the county will cover it because the nurse was a county employee.

Ramsey County settled an earlier lawsuit by inmates exposed to McCaster's TB for about $16 million.

County attorney's office spokesman Dennis Gerhardstein says they're disappointed and reviewing their options.