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Sepulveda Family Settles Lawsuit with Federal Government

6:04 PM, Jan 30, 2002   |    comments
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The family of the 11-year-old Modesto boy killed in a SWAT raid has agreed to a settlement with the federal government. The family of Alberto Sepulveda will receive $450,000, according to the family's attorney. Alberto Sepulveda was shot to death by a Modesto city police officer as he lay on his bedroom floor during a drug raid on September 13, 2000. A police investigation make the determination that the shooting was due to an accidental discharge of a policman's weapon. The raid was a joint operation between the Modesto Police Department and federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Agents suspected Alberto's father, Moises was involved in drug trafficking. Moises Sepulveda was arrested during the raid. His trial is scheduled to start in March. The Sepulveda family is also suing the city and the officers involved. They have rejected one offer to settle the suit, and trial is scheduled for July.

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