Proposal: Families of Newtown victims would split $1.5M - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Proposal: Families of Newtown victims would split $1.5M

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Lanza home in Newtown (WFSB) Lanza home in Newtown (WFSB)
NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB/AP) -

The families of more than a dozen victims of the Newtown school shooting would split $1.5 million under proposed settlements of lawsuits against the estate of the gunman's mother.

Court documents said 16 families would be splitting the $1.5 million home insurance policy Nancy Lanza had on the house she shared with her son. Each family would receive $93,750.

The lawyers agreed to take the cases free of charge, meaning there are no attorney fees or costs and that the families will get the full payout.

The lawsuits accuse Nancy Lanza of failing to properly secure her legally owned Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, which allowed her son, who had mental health issues, to access them. 

Her son, 20-year-old Adam, used the rifle to kill 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 after fatally shooting his mother.

Lawyer Joshua Koskoff represents several families and told The Associated Press that about 16 families suing Nancy Lanza's estate would evenly split the $1.5 million if a judge approves the plan.

The families also are suing gun maker Bushmaster.

In the spring, Lanza's home was torn down and the land was turned over to the town.

Before the settlement can be finalized in superior court, it first must be approved by the probate judge. The attorneys have asked for a hearing as soon as possible.

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