The man convicted of murdering seven people in a Chicago-area Brown’s Chicken restaurant in 1993 has been awarded nearly half-a-million dollars for a beating he sustained while in custody.
A jury ruled that James Degorski was entitled to the $451,000 payout after being battered by a Cook County Jail guard on the first night that Degorski was in custody for the murders.
But Degorski may never see any of the money. The state Department of Corrections will claim most of it as reimbursement for the costs of Degorski’s incarceration.
And family members of his victims say they may pursue wrongful death lawsuits to claim a share of what’s left.