Jurors in a federal civil case in Chicago have awarded nearly $500,000 to a former handyman serving a life prison term for killing seven people at a suburban fast-food restaurant.
James Degorski had claimed a Cook County Jail guard beat him in 2002, shortly after his arrest for the 1993 murders at a Brown's Chicken and Pasta restaurant.
Degorski's attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, said in a phone interview Sunday that it's not clear her 41-year-old client will ever see any of the $451,000. She says prison officials could try to seize it to pay for Degorski's imprisonment.
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Bonjean says she understands some might be upset by the jury's decision. But she says it shows even convicted murders have rights.
Jurors returned with a verdict Friday afternoon after a three-day civil trial in Chicago.