MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A judge in Milwaukee has awarded $1.7 million to a hip hop musician who was shot by a tavern bouncer. But Youantis Wright might not get a penny, because the bouncer is now unemployed and in jail – and the owner of the bar filed for bankruptcy protection the day the bouncer’s trial began this week.
Judge Charles Kahn found that 32-year-old Decosta Edwards was negligent when he fired 29 shots from an AK-47 rifle into a crowd that was causing a disturbance. It happened in a parking lot outside Remedies Bar and Grill in Milwaukee around closing time on November 19th of 2005.
The 28-year-old Wright was the only one hit – and he said he’s still not breathing normally. Edwards pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for the incident, and he spent 6 days in jail. 2 years later, he did time for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Officials could not immediately say why Edwards was in jail this week. Even if Wright doesn’t get anything, his attorney Charles Hausmann said it was still worth taking the case to trial. He said it might result in taverns getting better security.