Mother of slain girl of­fers to set­tle for $23M

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dave Collins

HART­FORD » The mother of a teenager stabbed to death at her school has of­fered to set­tle law­suit al­le­ga­tions against the city of Milford and its school district for $23 mil­lion.

Lawyers for Donna Ci­marelli-Sanchez filed the of­fer Wed­nes­day in Su­pe­rior Court in Milford. A lawyer for the city did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a mes­sage seek­ing com­ment Thurs­day.

Maren Sanchez, 16, was killed at Jonathan Law High School in April 2014, on the day of her ju­nior prom. Po­lice said her class­mate, Christo­pher Plaskon, was up­set that Sanchez had re­jected his prom in­vi­ta­tion. Plaskon’s lawyer has de­nied the slay­ing was re­lated to the prom, but he has not elab­o­rated.

Plaskon, now 20, was sen­tenced to 25 years in prison last year af­ter plead­ing no con­test to a mur­der charge.

Ci­marelli-Sanchez filed a wrong­ful death law­suit against Plaskon, his par­ents, the city and the school district last year. Plaskon and his par­ents re­cently agreed to set­tle the law­suit al­le­ga­tions against them for $1.6 mil­lion — an amount that awaits court ap­proval.

The law­suit al­leges Plaskon’s par­ents and school of­fi­cials could have pre­vented the killing by tak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate steps to ad­dress his men­tal ill­ness. Plaskon’s par­ents and city of­fi­cials filed court doc­u­ments deny­ing wrong­do­ing.

Plaskon’s par­ents told au­thor­i­ties that he had pos­si­ble de­pres­sion, sui­ci­dal ten­den­cies, self--

mu­ti­lat­ing be­hav­ior and mood swings. Other court doc­u­ments said Plaskon heard voices in his head that made him kill the girl.

The at­tack hap­pened in a first-floor hall­way at about 7:15 a.m. Stu­dents de­scribed an emo­tional scene where peo­ple were cry­ing as po­lice and paramedics swarmed the school.

A wit­ness tried to pull Plaskon off Sanchez dur­ing the at­tack, and an­other saw Plaskon dis­card a bloody knife, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest war­rant af­fi­davit. Plaskon was taken to the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice in bloody cloth­ing and told po­lice, “I did it. Just ar­rest me,” ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

In the court doc­u­ments filed Wed­nes­day, Ci­marelli-Sanchez of­fered to set­tle the al­le­ga­tions against the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion for $15 mil­lion and the city for $8 mil­lion.

“The of­fers of com­pro­mise that have been filed re­flect what we feel are fair num­bers for Maren Sanchez’s ter­ri­ble death,” said David Golub, an at­tor­ney for Ci­marelli-Sanchez.

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