La Grange Jury Awards $150 Billion Following Vicious Attack on Young BoyJanuary 12, 2012
According to reports, a jury in La Grange has awarded the family of Robbie Middleton more than $150 billion in damages. Sources say the verdict is the largest in a personal injury case in U.S. history. Unfortunately, many legal authorities were quick to point the verdict is largely symbolic as collecting on such a verdict from the tortfeasor will be virtually impossible.
It was reported that the parents of Robbie Middleton sued Donald Collins for injuries their son incurred after Mr. Collins allegedly doused their son in gasoline and set him on fire in 1998. Reportedly, Robbie was just eight years old at the time. Reportedly, Robbie died earlier this year from rare form of skin cancer caused by his burns. Donald Collins has never been criminally prosecuted in the case.
According to the reports, it is unlikely the Middletons will ever recover any compensation because Collins is serving time in prison for failing to register as a sex offender in an unrelated case. The family has stated that it hopes the civil judgment will serve as an incentive for prosecutors in Montgomery County to pursue the case criminally.
Sources say in a death-bed video deposition that the Middletons presented at trial, Robbie Middleton described the gasoline attack committed by his former neighbor, Donald Collins, who was 13 at the time. Robbie Middleton also said in his deposition that he was sexually assaulted by Donald Collins just a few weeks before Robbie Middleton was set aflame.