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Family of Vermont trooper to receive $4.5 million

MONTPELIER — The family of a Vermont state trooper killed while trying to stop a fleeing suspect a decade ago has received a $4.5 million settlement from the state and its insurance carrier.

Washington Superior Court Judge Robert Bent this week approved a settlement for the widow and three children of State Police Sergeant Michael Johnson.

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Johnson was killed June 15, 2003, after he was hit by a fleeing car driven by Eric Daley of Lebanon, N.H., who had swerved to avoid spike strips placed across the interstate by Johnson. Daley fled on foot and was later captured in the woods.

Daley, now 33, is serving a 26- to 33-year prison sentence for gross negligent operation of a vehicle.

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