Judge OKs $1M settlement between Portsmouth, family of William Chapman

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

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A judge has approved a settlement between the City of Portsmouth and the family of William Chapman II.

The City of Portsmouth will pay Chapman’s family $1 million. The sum will be divided between nine family members, including Chapman’s mother, Sally, and several siblings.

Jon Babineau, the Chapman family attorney, told 10 On Your Side in August that the family was suing Portsmouth, former Police Chief Ed Hargas and Rankin for negligent hiring, negligent retention and unreasonable use of force.

Portsmouth offers to pay family of William Chapman $1 million, source says

William Chapman, 18, was shot and killed by former Portsmouth police officer Stephen Rankin in April 2015.

In August, a jury convicted Rankin of voluntary manslaughter. He was formally sentenced to two and a half years in prison on October 12.

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Rankin’s attorneys say they plan to appeal.