Man convicted in German student's death settles lawsuit

Jul 25, 2015 3:32 PM by News Staff

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A man who is serving a 70-year prison sentence for killing a German exchange student in his garage has settled a lawsuit filed by the victim's family, in part by surrendering all his guns to the boy's parents.

Markus Kaarma of Montana previously argued that he was immune from civil damages because he was acting in self-defense last year when he shot 17-year-old Diren Dede.

The Missoulian newspaper reports that the parties in the civil suit reached an out-of-court settlement earlier this month.

The settlement stipulates that an undisclosed amount of money be paid to the Dede family and all firearms be removed from Kaarma's home. The shotgun that killed Dede is not one of the weapons involved.

Kaarma's attorney could not be reached for comment Friday.

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