BUTNER, N.C. (AP) — A former inmate who went blind while in prison in North Carolina has received a $2.6 million settlement.

The News & Observer reports 29-year-old Vannara Nhar had near-perfect vision when imprisoned in 2013, and was legally blind when he left in 2013.

Nhar was convicted of selling stolen weapons to an undercover officer. The lawsuit says prison medical staff knew he had an eye disease that can trigger glaucoma, and he repeatedly notified medical staff of vision deterioration, but received insufficient care.

His attorney, Gregory Kash, says federal attorneys asserted Nhar would've lost his vision anyway.

Roughly $1.5 million will go toward annual payments, with $300,000 going toward a house. The remaining funds will cover court costs, fees and medical bills.

Nhar now lives in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com