Coleman’s prison guard brother claims PTSD

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Brad Coleman walks with his family on the courthouse lawn following Chris Coleman’s guilty verdict in May 2011. (Alan Dooley photo)

The brother of convicted triple-murderer Chris Coleman is seeking disability from the state for post-traumatic stress disorder related to his position as a prison guard.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported earlier this week that Brad Coleman, 35, who is currently on unpaid leave from Menard Correctional Center in Chester, said constant worrying about his brother caused him to have PTSD.

Watching other prisoners serve life sentences reminded him of his brother, the paper reported him as saying. Chris Coleman is serving concurrent life sentences in an out-of-state prison for the May 2009 strangling deaths of his wife, Sheri, and the couple’s young sons, Garett and Gavin, inside their Columbia home.

Brad Coleman’s disability claim, filed on Nov. 24, is currently under review. If granted, it could pay $32,000 a year for seven years from the State Employees Retirement System.

He attended Chris Coleman’s two-week murder trial at the Monroe County Courthouse in Waterloo along with family.

Brad Coleman currently works as a barber and part-time police officer in Chester, according to the newspaper.

Catch this story in the Police section of the Feb. 12 edition of the Republic-Times newspaper.

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