source: Mail Online
published: 8 August 2014
The parents of a 13-year-old Milwaukee boy who was fatally shot by an elderly neighbor have won a $1.5 million civil judgment against the convicted killer.
Judge Kevin Martens, of Milwaukee County, awarded damages of $1.2 million for Patricia Larry, mother of Darius Simmons, and $300,000 for the boy’s father, Darius Simmons Sr.
Wisconsin law caps such damages at $500,000, so the judge apportioned $400,000 to Larry and $100,000 to Simmons, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The boy’s killer, John Henry Spooner, 76, was sentenced to life in prison last month after telling jurors that he killed Darius for justice because he believed he stole his shotguns.