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Convicted murderer awarded more than $450K

Convicted Murderer Awarded More Than $450K

A convicted killer in Illinois has had a recent victory in court, "Fox & Friends" explains.

"$500,000. That's how much money a man convicted of murdering seven people was awarded in Chicago after suing a prison guard for beating him."

WBBM calls James Degorski is "one of the most notorious murderers in Chicago history." Back in 1993, Degorski and another man killed seven employees at a local restaurant during a robbery.

After years behind bars, Degorski filed a lawsuit for civil rights violations. He says a deputy beat him so badly in 2002 that he had to have corrective surgery because of fractures in his face.

But according to WGN-TV, laws might prevent Degorski from getting the money a federal jury awarded him.

The Chicago Sun-Times says family members could potentially sue to get part of the money.

WLS-TV notes it's even possible prison officials could use the money to pay for Degorski's sentence.

A woman whose parents were both murdered by Degorski in 1993 told WMAQ the ruling doesn't change what happened to her mom and dad.

"This doesn't change anything. It in no way vindicates or exonerates any of his cowardly actions. We continue being a loving family."

One victim's father told the Chicago Sun-Times it's "outrageous" that the jury awarded Degorski the money. Another victim's father said he was glad the deputy beat Degorski.

Degorski is currently serving a life sentence.

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nordengto March 11 2014 at 1:30 PM

Every cent should go to the victims families. what in the world was the judge thinking of awarding him with a reward. every day that a killer lives our tax dollars support, and the families are still in pain..

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Brian Workman March 11 2014 at 2:13 PM

The money should go directly to the serviving families, of whom the members he had killed!

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Gary Marshall March 11 2014 at 2:14 PM

here's my question. He killed 7 yes 7 people why is he still alive??????????????????

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rgordon593 March 11 2014 at 2:15 PM

Bill him for his incarceration....

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auctionsurplus March 11 2014 at 2:18 PM

I'm wondering how many of you read. When a prisoner goes to prison he is still protected by the constitution. A prison guard has no more right to beat him senseless than he did in murdering innocent people. A prison guard is supposed to be above that. He still has basic human rights, whether anyone believes he should or not. BY LAW. A jury made the award according to the law. Laws are something citizens have an ability to change. Not easily, but that's how laws become laws. Aside from why they awarded him the money, the article clearly states he may not be able to collect any of that money. It also says the families can sue him for the money in a wrongful death civil suit. If not, then the State may have the right to take that money for the prison to pay for his incarceration.

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RAULMATTHEW auctionsurplus March 11 2014 at 2:40 PM

Hey, if his Attorney gets him released from prison, he could use some of his money and buy a house right next door to yours, and you could bake him an apple pie.........

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rescuedar RAULMATTHEW March 11 2014 at 5:07 PM


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billmarco March 11 2014 at 2:20 PM

too bad the guard didn't finish the job !!

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trenkert March 11 2014 at 2:25 PM

He gave up all his rights . He took away the rights of seven people . You tak a life you owe yours . Fair is fair . We are paying for him to live , at least they could collect for that cost now.

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jdonoh4 March 11 2014 at 2:30 PM

Poor you! You got the **it beaten out of you! At least you're alive, which is more than can be said for the seven people you and your buddy murdered!

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meatra March 11 2014 at 2:32 PM

I didn't think felons could have assets. If this guy has any balls- give the $$ to his victim.

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RAULMATTHEW March 11 2014 at 2:35 PM

This guy lost his civil rights after his conviction. I have no problem how he is treated in prison, either by the officers or by his fellow prisoners. I would rather he be tied to a chair and have a plastic bag wrapped around his head........

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