JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A former Jacksonville police officer who strangled a businessman in his patrol car while committing a robbery and the officer's police accomplice have been ordered to pay their victim's family $9.8 million.
An attorney representing the family of Sami Safar (pictured, left), Jeffrey Morris, said he realizes the amount may never be paid, but said, "It's a recognition by the court of the tremendous loss to the Safar family caused by the murder."
Morris called it ?the final nail in the legal action versus Waldon and Sinclair.?
Senior U.S. District Judge John Moore II on Tuesday ordered the convicted officers, Karl Waldon and Aric Sinclair (both pictured, right), to pay the amount, which is based on economic damage calculations by a University of North Florida economist.
Waldon robbed and strangled Safar in the back seat of his squad car on July 3, 1998, after the convenience store owner withdrew $51,000 from a SouthTrust Bank branch. Sinclair, working security at the bank, gave Waldon information about Safar's banking habits and car.
In February, the Safar family settled a wrongful death claim with the city for $375,000 and received an undisclosed amount from the bank.
Waldon is serving four life sentences and was ordered to pay $58,900 in restitution when he was sentenced in January 2003 for 14 federal convictions, including violating the civil rights of Safar.
Waldon was also convicted of taking drugs from drug dealers, trying to cover up his involvement by lying to a federal grand jury and trying to intimidate a witness. He was found not guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Sinclair is serving a term of 17 years and seven months after pleading guilty to conspiracy.
- November 13, 2002: Waldon Won't Get Death For Businessman's Slaying
- November 12, 2002: Jury To Decide Punishment For Waldon
- November 7, 2002: Former JSO Officer Guilty On 14 Counts
- October 30, 2002: Jacksonville Police Corruption Case In Hands Of Jury
- October 28, 2002: Waldon Defense Implicates Different Officer In Murder
- October 25, 2002: Prosecution Rests In Waldon Trial
- October 22, 2002: Second Ex-Officer Testifies Against Waldon In Murder Trial
- October 18, 2002: Witness Testifies He Saw Ex-Cop Commit Murder
- October 17, 2002: Defense Implicates Star Witness With Another Murder
- October 16, 2002: Prosecutors: Corrupt Cops Were 'Greedy,' 'Bold'
- October 2, 2002: Jury Selection Begins In Karl Waldon Trial
- August 28, 2002: Feds Indict Ex-Cop With More Charges
- September 7, 2001: Sinclair Pleads Guilty
- August 28, 2001: Former Cop To Face Federal Death Penalty
- August 7, 2001: Witness In Federal Police Probe Pleads Guilty
- April 25, 2001: Pough Pleads Guilty, Will Testify In Case
- April 11, 2001: New Allegations Say Waldon Planned To Kill Friend
- January 31, 2001: Judge Denies Bond For Former Police Officer
- January 29, 2001: Prosecutors Admit Weaknesses In Case Against Former Officer
- December 18, 2000: Officer To Be Extradited Back To Jacksonville
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