Wintrow estate awarded $600,000 in civil lawsuit

Judge orders assailant to pay victim’s family

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]

MIAMI COUNTY — In a decision and judgment entry filed May 3, Miami County Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt ordered Jason Sowers to pay $624,416.34 to the Estate of Nathan Wintrow in a wrongful death suit.

Wintrow was fatally shot on Oct. 30, 2013, after Jason Sowers, then 17, and Patrick McGail entered the duplex on East Canal Street through the back door. Sowers admitted to shooting Wintrow in the head after fighting in the hallway after he and McGail broke in the house.

A previous judgment stated Sowers, McGail, and Brendon Terrel, “acting in concert, planned and committed wrongful acts which lead to and proximately caused Wintrow’s death.”

On April 12, a damages hearing was held to determine Sower’s liability in connection with Nathan Wintrow’s death.

The judgment also states if Jason Sowers’ judgment exceeds $250,000, the excess judgment amount would be the sole liability of Sowers.

The judgment determined Sowers must pay $149,416.34 for the loss of support for Wintrow’s then 2 year-old son until he reaches the age of 18. Judge Pratt also ordered Sowers to pay an additional $325,000 for loss of companionship and mental anguish incurred by Wintrow’s son and his parents, plus an additional $150,000 for punitive damages. Judge Pratt determined the amount for loss of companionship and punitive damages at her discretion. The loss of support amount was determined by an expert finance consultant.

McGail was found guilty by a jury for murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery with firearm specifications in October 2014. He was sentenced to serve 24 years to life for his role, but recently was granted a new hearing in regards to his sentence by the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals. McGail settled with the estate for $250,000 in previous court proceedings.

Sowers, now 18, was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison for murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, while Brendon Terrel, now 21, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary for the Oct. 30, 2013 shooting death of Wintrow.

Judge orders assailant to pay victim’s family

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

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