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Christensen to pay pecuniary damages

By Staff | Sep 18, 2016

Emmet County Attorney Doug Hansen filed a Statement for Pecuniary Damages this week, charging Lee Christensen for expenses incurred by the victims as a result of his criminal activity.

Christensen was convicted July 1 of second-degree murder in the death of Thomas Bortvit, 19, on June 6, 2015.

The 13-page itemized statement is marked confidential in the case file, according to Cynthia Kelly, Emmet County Clerk of Court.

In his filling, Hansen stated the total in pecuniary damages is $27,669.08.

Iowa Code 910.1, paragraph 3, states pecuniary damages do not include punitive damages or damages for pain, suffering, mental anguish or loss of consortium.

Pecuniary damages are all damages to the extent not paid by insurance, including wrongful death and expense for psychological services or counseling for the victims, which become necessary as a direct result of the defendant’s criminal activity.

Hansen stated the itemized list included payments to numerous vendors on behalf of the victims of Christensen’s crime.

Section 910 of the Iowa Code also provides for the offender to make a plan of restitution. The funds are to be paid to the Iowa Crime Victims Assistance Program, a program administered by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

Scheduling of a jury poll hearing is still pending in the post-trial phase of the case.