Judge dismisses killer’s lawsuit that sought to sue victim’s widow

PIERCE COUNTY — Eighteen years after Paula Henry’s husband was shot and killed by a family friend, that same friend is suing the widowed woman from his spot in prison.

Larry Shandola was found guilty in 2001 of killing Henry’s husband, Robert, when their friendship soured following a failed joint business venture. Shandola, who was sued previously for punching Robert Henry in the face, was sentenced to 31 years in prison for shooting Robert Henry with a shotgun at his business in 1995.

Paula Henry thought the ordeal was over after her husband’s killer’s 31-year conviction. But now, Shandola is suing Henry and others for $100,000 each, alleging that Henry blocked his transfer from a Washington state prison to a prison in Canada, where Shandola is from. The lawsuit alleges the block in prison transfers caused Shandlola “intentional inflections of emotional distress,” and was an “invasion of his privacy.”

Shandola maintains his innocence in Henry’s killing.

widowAccording to court documents, Henry has filed to dismiss Shandola’s lawsuit and recuperate restitution for lawyers hired. Henry said she can’t believe she has to relive her husband’s death.

“This should not happen to people,” Henry said. “I will tell you that, this should not happen to people.”

She even fears for her safety. “He stalked me and tried to intimidate me for five years,” she said.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist agreed that Shandola’s lawsuit should be thrown out.

“A convicted murderer should not be able to sue the surviving spouse of the victim,” Lindquist said. “That highlights an absolutely absurdity in the law and we need to fix this.”

Henry and her attorneys will seek to dismiss the suit on Friday, and she hopes to ask lawmakers to write a bill that would make it illegal for convicted felons to sue victims’ families.

The judge dismissed the lawsuit on Friday, Henry’s attorney said. Shandola was also ordered to pay the four defendants $10,000 each.

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28 comments

  • John Ladenburg

    There is a fund set up at Columbia Bank to help Paula defray legal expenses. People can donate to the Paula Henry Donation Fund.

  • guest

    This is another example of what is wrong with our society. This convict should not have the right to do this and this lawsuit should never have been able to be filed!! He wants compensation because his punishment is too uncomfortable?!?! Really?

      • Phxfire

        This has been a right of every citizen since day one. It's not new or an example of anything….It's a shame so many of you have no idea what our laws, rights and protections are and are a right. The protection against these lawsuits should be considered, but all the chest beating is nuts.

  • Rinne

    This poor woman! I cannot imagine how she felt finding out that this looney toon had the nerve to file a suit against HER! :' (

  • Michele

    I will donate to that fund for personal reasons. Does anyone know when and where this court date takes place? Thank you.

  • normalguyroger

    I truly hope that scumbag gets killed in prison. the piece of garbage should have been sentenced to death to begin with. what is wrong with this country?

  • Andolini

    A convicted felon can sue anybody while incarcerated, even the prison where he/she is serving their time, but cannot vote when is released from prison.

  • Guest

    He can gladly return to Canada after he pays his debt to the U.S. for the crime he committed here. If he's alive at the end of his sentence, let him be deported.

    • Michael

      As a Canadian, (as much as I would rather he not come back to Canada) would say that he needs to pay his debt to the People of the United States of America and then ship his behind back to Canada.

  • Guest

    Look at it this way dude…You did the crime here, you'll serve your time here. Oh, you're homesick. Well maybe you should have gone home instead of taking a man's life, huh…

  • keepalowprofile

    If Canada could assure he would not be paroled early, I think it would be better for him to go to Canada.
    Let them feed and house him.

  • NAVYTOWN

    Why do convicted felons even have the right to sue anybody to begin with?? That right should be taken away when they are convicted. Thank God the judge wasn't some loony Leftwing bleeding heart who would've let the lawsuit go forward.

  • bearntal

    They differently need to right laws for this stuff. If you get hurt trying to get into a house or the time a women was being raped and a taxi driver pinned him against to wall until police got there.. They he sued the victims and the taxi driver.

  • ckpmpvc

    He has the right to sue anyone even as a criminal in prison. He is not suing Henry for putting him in jail but for the transfer. His sentence of 31 years that he is serving right now doesn't give the victim's family the right to invade his other rights as a prisoner. While he does have right to file a lawsuit also doesn't guarantee his request would be granted.

  • Erika Canter

    You people don’t get it.This is about a human life that was taken! You know the difference between “right” and “wrong”: not about “who’s right or wrong”. If left in a field for dead, are you gonna scream for the rights of your attacker? When you know you’re taking your last breath;are you begging to go to Heaven; begging for someone to help you, or screaming at your attacker — because you wanted to LIVE instead of die?

  • Michael

    I think that he should finish his sentence in the US and then be deported back to Canada. The victims of the crimes can and should make an application to the courts that he not be transferred. As the surviving spouse of his victim she as the right to be heard at all hearings related to his applcations for early release and to be notifed of these. It would be nearly impossible for her to attend and be heard at such an event if he were moved to Canada. imho


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