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Judge orders Appleton man to pay $850,000 to stepson in wrongful death lawsuit

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On Wednesday, a judge from Outagamie County awarded a 19-year-old man $850,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit against his stepfather for the 2009 shooting of his mother.

On April 17, 2009, a 40-year-old former Appleton firefighter shot and killed his estranged wife outside of their home in Grand Chute. The woman's stepson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his stepfather six days after the shooting occurred, citing the man for taking away his emotional and financial support and causing him emotional distress. In 2010, the man was convicted of the killing and sentenced to a lifetime in prison.

After a brief trial, during which the stepfather represented himself, a judge ruled in favor of the stepson and awarded him $350,000, the maximum award for wrongful death, as well as $500,000 in punitive damages.