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Darius Simmons' parents win $500,000 civil judgement against John Spooner

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - In Milwaukee, parents of John Spooner's teenage murder victim agree that Spooner doesn't have the money to pay a $500,000 civil judgment against him.

But Patricia Larry's attorney says it's the principle of the thing -- and the 75-year-old Spooner and his survivors won't be able to cash in if they produce a book or a movie about the case.

Spooner shot and killed a neighbor, 13-year-old Darius Simmons, in May of 2012. The man assumed that the boy stole guns from his house.

Spooner is spending the rest of his life in prison, and the victim's family won a wrongful death suit Thursday.

Circuit Judge Kevin Martens valued losses to the boy's mother at $1.2 million, and the boy's relatively absent father at $300,000. However, state law limits such damages to $500,000 -- and that's what Judge Martens awarded, with $300,000 going to the boy's mother.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)