New York City settles for $7.15M in Sean Bell police shooting

BY John Marzulli and Bill Hutchinson
Daily News Staff Writers

Originally Published:Tuesday, July 27th 2010, 6:28 PM

The city agreed Tuesday to pay more than $7 million to settle a wrongful death civil suit lodged by the fiancée and pals of Sean Bell, the unarmed black groom gunned down by cops on his wedding day, sources said.

The settlement, approved by a Brooklyn federal magistrate, ends a four-year legal battle by tragic would-be bride Nicole Paultre Bell and two men wounded in a 50-shot barrage that claimed her lover’s life.

Under the agreement, the city will pay $3.25 million to Sean Bell’s family estate, which is controlled by Paultre Bell. Bell’s pals Joseph Guzman, 35, who was shot 11 times in the incident, will receive $3 million and Trent Benefield, 27, who was shot three times, will be granted $900,000.

“I believe the settlement is fair,” said Paultre Bell, the mother of Bell’s two daughters, Jada, 7, and Jordyn, 4. “No amount of money can provide closure for losing Sean. I don’t think there will ever be closure.”

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1 Comment for “New York City settles for $7.15M in Sean Bell police shooting”

  1. I’m glad his family won their lawsuit, but that money won’t bring that brother back!!!! And they wonder why blacks hate 5-0!!!

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