John Spooner

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.

LaToya Dennis

It took a Milwaukee jury only minutes Friday, to decide John H. Spooner was mentally competent when he shot and killed 13-year-old Darius Simmons in 2012.

A Milwaukee jury on Wednesday convicted a 76-year-old man of first-degree homicide. John Spooner shot and killed his 13-year old next-door neighbor last year, after accusing the teen of stealing guns.

The mother of the 13-year-old victim of John Henry Spooner testified at Spooner’s trial on Tuesday.