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Judge Awards $10M to Johnson Victims' Families


IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WTAQ) - A Dickinson County Michigan judge Wednesday has ordered a $10 million civil judgement against Scott Johnson. 

Johnson was convicted of shooting and killing three teens while swimming in the Menominee River along the Wisconsin-Michigan border in 2008. 

The ruling comes after Johnson failed to officially respond to two lawsuits filed by the families of Bryan Mort and Tony Spigarelli looking to keep him from selling his story. Each family was awarded $5 million.

Johnson appeared in court over the phone and told Judge Mary Barglind that he is “indigent” and has no assets to his name.

David Mort, Bryan Mort’s father, told FOX 11 the families never expect to collect any money from Johnson.

“It’s not because I want the money. Yeah, we won the $5 million lawsuit but it’s just to stop him from putting (his story) down in writing or getting an interview and selling it,” said Mort.

Even though Johnson did not fight the lawsuit, he claims the families are trying to profit from their loved ones' deaths.

"Their actions are just as vile as what I did on that day at the train bridge," Johnson wrote in a letter to the court.

Johnson is currently serving 3 consecutive life sentences plus 295 years in prison for the killings.