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The owners of the Madison Hotel reached a settlement with two siblings, who alleged the strangulation death of their screaming sister at the downtown Los Angeles hostelry in 2014 could have been prevented.

Lawyers for Andrea and Scott Bickman filed court papers on Aug. 10 stating that the plaintiffs’ lawsuit against Bellaire-Downtown LLC and George Lintz, president of BRC Bellaire Holdings LLC, was resolved. No terms were divulged.

The suit also named as a defendant 45-year-old Orlando Wagner, who killed Sheri Bickman, 57, at the Madison Hotel on May 9, 2014. He was sentenced on Feb. 23 to 22 years to life in state prison.

Wagner was found guilty Dec. 14 of second-degree murder in Bickman’s killing. He also was convicted of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and false imprisonment for an attack on another woman at the same property in March 2014.

The complaint states that Sheri Bickman, 57, was held captive, then beaten and strangled in a room of the hotel on 7th Street. The lawsuit alleged the property owners knew of Wagner’s alleged violent background because of the previous attack on the other woman and that the landlords had falsely assured patrons and guests he would not be allowed to return.

Sheri Bickman’s screams for help were ignored by management at the building, which had previously instructed patrons, residents and guests to report violence to them and not to law enforcement, according to the complaint, which was originally filed in November 2014.

–City News Service 

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