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Judge Orders Restitution Based on Victims' Projected Earnings

Judge Orders Restitution Based on Victims' Projected Earnings



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- It's the first time in Utah a judge has ordered restitution paid to mothers of victims who were killed based on the victims' projected lifetime earnings.

A U-S District judge yesterday ordered Levangela Bedonie to pay the family of Brian Johnson 446-thousand dollars in restitution. Johnson was riding in the car with Bedonie who had been drinking and rolled the car, killing him in 2002.

The judge also ordered Redd Rock Serawop to pay more than 325-thousand dollars in restitution to the mother of his daughter Beyonce Serawop. He's serving a 10-year prison sentence for throwing the three-month old who then died from head injuries in 2002.

The judge says he estimated the projected incomes conservatively. Serawop's lawyer say they'll likely appeal.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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