Sunday, August 06, 2000

Judge settles Paducah case

$42M for school shooting not likely to be collected

The Associated Press

        PADUCAH, Ky. — A judge has signed a settlement for $42 million in a civil case against Michael Carneal, who pleaded guilty to the December 1997 shooting at Heath High School.

        Circuit Judge Will Shadoan said the lawsuit, filed by the parents of three girls who died in the shooting, was probably the hardest civil case he has faced in 17 years on the bench.

        “I've had some pretty nasty cases,” Mr. Shadoan said. “It's rough when you've had children who were killed or destroyed as the Carneal boy was.”

        It's doubtful the victims' families will collect the judgment because Michael, 16, has no assets and will be in prison until at least 2022.

        Mr. Shadoan signed the settlement Friday, effective ly ending the civil trial that was to have begun Monday. All that remains are issues before the Kentucky Court of Appeals regarding such things as teacher immunity and whether some Heath High students and John and Ann Carneal, Michael's parents, should have been left in the case.


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