VERNON HILLS – A suburban Chicago man who was convicted in the death his 54-year-old wife was ordered to pay her family $6 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.
The (Waukegan) News Sun reported the civil ruling was handed down by a Lake County judge.
Ronald Stolberg was sentenced to eight years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2011 death of his wife Rachel.
Prosecutors say Stolberg was angry at the mentally ill woman and put his knee into her back to cut off her breathing and then stayed on top of her for at least two minutes.
Her family's lawyer says relatives know they likely won't get the full sum from the Vernon Hills man, but say they filed the litigation to keep him from profiting from her estate.