Jury awards 4 cents to family of Florida man killed by deputy
The family of a Florida man killed by a sheriff’s deputy has been awarded 4 cents by a federal jury.
The jury ruled Thursday 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.
Deputy Christopher Newman and his partner went to Hill’s home in January 2014 for a loud-music complaint. After they knocked on t
he garage and front doors, Hill opened the garage. When the door started back down, Newman fired, killing Hill. An unloaded gun was found in Hill’s pocket.
Tests showed Hill’s blood-alcohol content was 0.40, five times the driving limit.