A Colorado jury has determined that a mental health center in Denver is partly liable for the death of a convenience store clerk who was shot by a patient that had been released by the facility. The jury assigned half the liability for 28-year-old Natnael Mulugeta’s death to the Mental Health Center of Denver. The victim’s father was awarded compensatory damages of $1.1 million and punitive damages of $5.2 million, as well as $23,751 for burial expenses. The decedent, an Ethiopian immigrant, was shot at the south Denver store on May 2, 2009. The shooter, Dale Wayne Baylis, was arrested nearby. He was tried and sentenced to 30 years in prison for second-degree murder. An appeal is being considered by the Center in the civil case. John Case, a lawyer with Benson & Case in Denver, represented the Plaintiff in this case. He did a very good job for his client.
Source: Claims Journal
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