After weeks of deliberation in an attempt to achieve the required unanimous decision, both sides agreed to a split decision, with jurors siding with Ventura by an 8 to 2 count, awarding him $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for "unjust enrichment" from the now-deceased author.
In his memoir American Sniper, Kyle claimed to have punched Ventura after the outspoken WWE Hall of Famer allegedly said the SEALs "deserve to lose a few."
Ventura argued that this anecdote was not true and it cost him his reputation among SEALs, as well as his earning potential as an entertainer and military personality.
"We don't know what others may think, but certainly with this generation of young SEALs, we don't know that his reputation can ever be repaired."
Despite not being present when the verdict was announced, Ventura had friend Sam Goldsmith order celebratory pies from Domino's to deliver to reporters when the trial concluded.
"You sat diligently here for two weeks," Ventura said through Goldsmith.
"I hope the guys enjoy it."