A 40-year-old man from Appleton, who was convicted of murder in 2010, was ordered on Wednesday to pay his 19-year-old stepson $850,000 for the wrongful death of his mother.
The man shot and killed the 19-year-old's mother on April 17, 2009 outside of the home that they used to share. The woman and man had been estranged for many months, but the man claimed that he did not intentionally shoot her. However, in 2010, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Six days following the murder of his mother, the man's stepson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man, stating that the death caused him to lose financial and emotional support. The 19-year-old also sued the man to prevent him for writing a book or capitalizing off the murder in the future. An Outagamie County judge ruled in favor of the 19-year-old and awarded him $850,000 for punitive damages and wrongful death.