The Associated Press
The family of a Florida man killed by a sheriff’s deputy in his home has been awarded 4 cents by a federal jury.
The jury ruled May 31 that 30-year-old Gregory Hill Jr. was 99 percent responsible for his death because he was drunk and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office was 1 percent responsible. TCPalm reports the jury awarded Hill’s relatives $4, of which they get 1 percent—that works out to 1 cent for his funeral and 1 cent each for his three children.
Gregory Hill Jr. and Monique Davis with their daughters Destiny Hill, left, and Aryanna Hill, right. (Screengrab)
Deputy Christopher Newman and his partner went to Hill’s home in 2014 for a loud music complaint. After they knocked on the garage and front doors, Hill opened the garage. When the door started back down, Newman fired through the door, killing Hill. An unloaded gun was found in Hill’s back pocket.
Tests showed Hill’s blood-alcohol content was 0.40, five times the driving limit.
Hill’s fiancee, Monique Davis, told TCPalm she could not stay in the courtroom during the verdict reading of the verdict.
“It was basically a slap in the face. You value someone’s life as one dollar?” she reportedly said.
Family attorney John Phillips also told the news outlet that jurors were confused by the instructions given by the judge. He said he plans to ask for a new trial.
“A finding of no negligence and no civil rights violations is one thing,” he said, “but the series of one-dollar awards for these kids was shocking, upsetting and confusing.”