A Maryland father won a $50,000 verdict for the death of his son, when all he wanted was a public apology from the step-father who allegedly allowed the troubled teen access to a handgun.
A Maryland jury returned the verdict in favor of Joseph Montes, the director of biomedical research at Materials Modification Inc. in Fairfax, reports our sister newspaper in Baltimore, The Daily Record. Montes’ lawsuit alleged that his son’s step-father, Frank Eisler, carelessly left an unlocked gun and ammunition in his home, even though 16-year-old Brian Montes – who lived there – was known to have suicidal tendencies. Brian took his life with the gun in 2005.
Montes said the verdict was a satisfying part of his overall gun safety campaign. Eisler’s lawyer said he hopes to appeal.
By Peter Vieth