Washington to pay $2.25M for shootings

March 13, 2008 at 11:26 PM
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SEATTLE, March 13 (UPI) -- Washington state has settled a suit by the families of five children targeted by a white supremacist ex-con at a Jewish daycare center in California.

Buford Farrow Jr. was released in 1999 after serving eight months in Washington for threatening a mental health worker. Three months later in the Los Angeles area, he wounded two boys and two adults and killed a postal worker nearby.

The state agreed to pay $2.25 million to compensate the families for the physical and psychological wounds their sons suffered, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer suffered.

"The parents of these fine young men are very gratified by the settlement reached with the state of Washington and their heartfelt apologies for the tragedy that has befallen our sons," their Seattle lawyer, Mike Withey, said.

After his release from prison, Furrow acquired several guns. The lawsuit said that his probation officer never visited his parents' home, where he was living, or talked to his father or another third party about his mental state.

Furrow is now serving a life sentence.

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