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MO Jury Awards $11M to Mother of Man Killed in Kansas City Rental Fire

A Jackson County jury awarded $11 million in damages to the mother of a man killed in his Kansas City rental home, whose owners were accused of failing to keep the property up to city safety codes.

The jury reached its decision in early July following a civil trial brought by Diana Trotter, the mother of 32-year-old Michael King. The judgment was made against Jason and Jana DeLong, Kansas City area realtors and rental property owners, and their company Lealan Homes LLC.

The jury awarded $3 million in compensatory damages and $8 million for aggravating circumstances. Also included was the cost of the home, the cost of burial expenses, the average cost of a home inspection and the cost of a smoke detector.


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