Newtown families split $1.5m from estate of gunman's mother

2015-12-22 22:33
In this 2013 AP file photo, a bus travelling from Newtown stops near angel signs posted along the road on the first day of classes after the Newtown massacre.

In this 2013 AP file photo, a bus travelling from Newtown stops near angel signs posted along the road on the first day of classes after the Newtown massacre.

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Bridgeport - The families of more than a dozen victims of the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, will split $1.5m under settlements of lawsuits filed against the gunman's mother's estate.

A lawyer for several victims' families says the settlements were finalised on December 17 in documents filed in Bridgeport Superior Court.

The lawsuits said Nancy Lanza failed to properly secure her legally owned Bushmaster AR-15 rifle. Her son, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, used the rifle to kill 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14 2012. He killed his mother before the school shooting and killed himself afterward.

The families of 16 people who were killed will split $1.5m from Nancy Lanza's homeowner's insurance.

Victims' families also are suing the maker of the Bushmaster rifle.

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