Family of Shooting Victim Reaches $7M Settlement With North Kingstown

Dec 3, 2013

The town of North Kingstown has agreed to pay $7 million to the estate of a man who was gunned down by police.  Most of the money will be spent on medical

On February 8th, 2009 North Kingstown police were asked to check on the welfare of Mark Kilcline, an 18-year-old who was depressed and wielding a steak knife.  Police wound up shooting the mentally-ill teen nine times after he refused to put the knife down.  Kilcline would be paralyzed for four years before dying in April of his injuries.

A grand jury cleared the officers of any wrongdoing but the town has now agreed to pay Kilcline’s estate $7 million, according to attorney Miriam Weizenbaum. “I’m glad the case is resolved,” she said. “I think it’s an appropriate settlement under the circumstances but it’s a boy we’re going to miss.”

Weizenbaum said most of the settlement will be eaten up by medical bills. Kilcline was uninsured, and racked up $5 million in medical bills over four years.

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