Parents of Milwaukee Boy Killed By Elderly Neighbor Win Civil Suit

Aug 8, 2014

The parents of a 13-year-old Milwaukee boy fatally shot by an elderly neighbor have won a civil judgement against the convicted killer, John Spooner.

Spooner suspected the boy had burglarized his home, so he confronted and shot the teen in front of his mother.

A Milwaukee judge on Friday awarded $1.2 million to Patricia Larry, mother of Darius Simmons, and $300,00 to the boy's father, Darius Simmons, Sr.

However, since the state caps such damages at $500,000, the judge appropriated $400,000 to Larry and $100,000 to Simmons.

Larry's attorney says collecting damages from 77-year-old John Spooner is unlikely because he's serving life in prison.  But, he says the ruling ensures that any assets discovered in Spooner's estate will go to the boy's parents.