August 10, 2017 05:23 PM
A Hennepin County judge on Thursday ordered Valerie Castile will receive the entire $3 million settlement in the death of her son Philando Castile at the hand of a St. Anthony police officer last July.
Valerie Castile and St. Anthony Village reached a settlement agreement for the wrongful death claim of $2,995,000 in June.
The order comes after Philando Castile's father, Phelix Frazier Sr., had asked Hennepin County District Judge Susan Robiner last week for $500,000 of the sum.
Valerie Castile's attorneys' fees amounted to nearly $1 million, and she will receive the remaining $2 million. Her attorneys agreed to reduce the fee of 45 percent of the gross recovery that was part of the retainer, court documents show.
Frazier's objection came via a letter to the court. He is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison in Illinois, according to court records.
In the letter, Frazier described the limited contact he had with his son before going to prison, but "conceded that it was not the best relationship due to the fact that he could not be physically present in Mr. Castile's life ..." the record shows.
In the letter, Frazier also petitioned for Philando Castile's half-sister, Allysza Castile, to receive $500,000. At the hearing Wednesday, the judge informed Allysza Castile she had a strong claim for some of the settlement money.
"Miss Castile unequivocally consented to the distribution of the $2,000,000 to her mother after expressing her understanding of the consequences of her decision," the court record shows.
Updated: August 10, 2017 05:23 PM
Created: August 10, 2017 05:11 PM
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