Judge to look at $1M settlement between Chapman family, Portsmouth

William Chapman (Photo courtesy Chapman family)
William Chapman (Photo courtesy Chapman family)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A judge will take a look at the $1 million agreement between the City of Portsmouth and the family of William Chapman II.

Jon Babineau, the Chapman family attorney, says a petition was filed in Portsmouth Circuit Court, which outlines a proposed settlement of $1 million.

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The settlement isn’t final, yet. A judge must ratify and confirm the settlement based on the wrongful death lawsuit.

Babineau told 10 On Your Side in August that they were planning to sue the City of Portsmouth, former Police Chief Ed Hargas and Rankin for negligent hiring, negligent retention and unreasonable use of force.

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Chapman, 18, was unarmed when he was fatally shot by former Portsmouth police officer Stephen Rankin in April 2015 in the parking lot of the Walmart on Frederick Boulevard.

A jury found Rankin guilty of voluntary manslaughter during a trial in August. Rankin was originally charged with first-degree murder. Jurors could have recommended up to 10 years for Rankin, but instead recommended two and a half years. He was formally sentenced to two and a half years in prison on October 12.

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A date has not yet been set for the judge to review the settlement.