Feud victim, family awarded 20.5M in lawsuit settlement

ELYRIA (AP) -- An elderly man who shot a neighbor in a feud over construction of a garage must pay 20.5 million to the victim's family, but his attorney said little money will be left after his debts and attorney fees are paid.
The award was part of a settlement reached Wednesday in the civil suit filed against Paul Hashman, 85, who was sentenced to seven years in prison for wounding Darrell Oskins. Oskins and his wife would get 10 million each, and their two children would get 250,000 each.
Hashman's attorney, Daniel Wightman, said the judgment far exceeds his client's assets, which have liens for unpaid bills.
Hashman was convicted last July of shooting Oskins outside the victim's home Jan. 19, 2004, as Oskins was using his snow blower. The two were next-door neighbors and prosecutors said Hashman shot Oskins several times after years of conflict with the Oskins family.
Hashman's attorneys contended he was defending himself after Oskins tired to attack him with a snowblower. The neighbors had a friendly relationship until the late 1990s when Oskins built a garage near Hashman's property.
Craig Bashein, one of Oskins' attorneys, said the family wanted Hashman to take responsibility. "The [settlement] ratifies what they've known all along -- the evidence was Paul Hashman engaged in a vicious assault," he said.
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