Court Reduces Award in University of Kentucky Football Player’s Death

November 3, 2010

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has reduced the monetary award in a lawsuit over the death of a University of Kentucky football player.

The court halved the $60 million in punitive damages to $30 million, ruling the award in the death of Trent DiGiuro was excessive, reported the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The athlete’s family sued Shane Ragland, who admitted fatally shooting DiGiuro as the player celebrated his 21st birthday in 1994. In a criminal case, Ragland pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to prison time and home incarceration.

The lawsuit filed in 2008 ended with a total award of $63.3 million.

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