Family settles dragging-death case for $1 million - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Family of EWU student settles dragging death case for $1 million

 

SILVERDALE, Wash. - The mother and stepfather of Jerid Sturman-Camyn today announced that they have settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the son of the man convicted of second-degree manslaughter for the death of their 20-year-old son. A portion of the $1 million settlement will help fund athletic scholarships and local crime victim advocates.

 "Jerid was a big-hearted young man who is deeply missed by his large extended family and hundreds of friends," said Koni Buell, Sturman-Camyn's mother. "We continue to honor Jerid by supporting other athletes who share his passion for sports. While the personal agony of knowing how Jerid died will always haunt our family, we want to honor Jerid's courageous and inspiring heart by helping kids attain the future that was stolen from him."

Sturman-Camyn was brutally strangled to death after being dragged 13 miles behind a pick-up truck over graveled and rough-paved roads while on a hunting trip with several fathers and sons north of Spokane, Washington. Wendell Sinn, the man ultimately held responsible for Sturman-Camyn's death, was released from prison this year after serving a 27-month-prison sentence.

Wendell Sinn slipped a noose around Sturman-Camyn's neck, attached it to the trailer hitch of his pick-up truck and ordered his 17-year-old son Justin Sinn to drive away. The teenager was never convicted of a crime and claimed he did not know he was dragging Sturman-Camyn, despite the fact that friends on the trip chased the pick-up truck on ATVs. The civil lawsuit was settled with the insurance company of Justin Sinn.

Attorneys for the family say the settlement represents a small measure of justice in the face of an inhumane act that devastated Sturman-Camyn's family, friends and community. "Nothing justifies this senseless act of violence or the horror this family has been through after losing their son. But we are thankful this settlement brings a sense of justice to this grieving family," said John Christensen, an attorney with the Messina Bulzomi Christensen law firm, representing the family.

The Jerid Sturman-Camyn Athletic Memorial Fund was created by his parents and the Klahowya Secondary School to assist children who want to participate in sports but cannot afford the associated costs. Because of Sturman-Camyn's passion for sports, the family believes this memorial scholarship fund is the most appropriate way to pay tribute to his memory. The fund has already helped more than 50 children with participation fees, supplies, shoes, uniforms and sports physicals. Donations to the fund can be sent to Karen Varnum at Klahowa Secondary School, 7607 NW Newberry Hill Rd, Silverdale, WA 98383 or by calling the school at 360.662.4000. The family is also sending a portion of the settlement money to help victims of violent crimes.

Sturman-Camyn had previously attended Washington State University before transferring to Eastern Washington University in Cheney. He excelled at academics and sports, including high school football and wrestling.

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