Outside law firm to review 2018 death of Beltrami County inmate

The Beltrami County Attorney’s Office has contracted with an outside law firm to review the 2018 death of a Beltrami County inmate.

The death of Hardell Sherrell inspired the creation of a namesake law establishing minimum standards for healthcare while incarcerated.

According to the release, the decision for contracting with Eckberg & Lammers was made to quell doubts about a conflict of interest.

Attorneys Imran Ali and Andrew LeFavour will conduct the review.

Ali is nationally recognized for his work, receiving Minnesota Attorney of the Year in 2016 and 2020, and is a former Washington County prosecutor and a former public defender.

LeFevour is a former Hennepin County Prosecutor who has managed and prosecuted thousands of criminal cases.

Ali and LeFevour released this statement:

“As ministers of justice, we must rely only on evidence, not outside influence from any parties. We intend to review the evidence and provide our findings to the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office. We will take our time to ensure justice for all.”


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