updated 11/18/2008 2:39:05 PM ET 2008-11-18T19:39:05

A man whose groin was disfigured by a flesh-eating bacteria infection in prison has accepted a $300,000 settlement from the Washington Department of Corrections.

Charlie Manning told The Seattle Times on Monday that he settled because he wants the ordeal to be over. The prison department said in a statement it settled to save the cost of litigation.

The 61-year-old man became ill in 2004 while serving time for threatening a neighbor.

His illness was initially diagnosed as a reaction to cold medicine.

By the time he was taken to a hospital, Manning had an internal abscess that required doctors to remove several pounds of flesh from his pelvic region.

Surgeons made a replacement penis with skin from his thigh.

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