The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 25, 2013

Court says fund doesn't have to pay school loans


The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court says the mother of a former Marshall University football player who was shot to death in 2008 isn’t entitled to compensation for his unpaid student loans.

Donte Newsome was shot outside a Huntington nightclub in 2008.

His mother, Angela Smith, filed for compensation for medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and the unpaid student loans from the West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund.

Although she received some money, the fund did not give her anything to help pay off the student loans.

The Charleston Gazette reports that in a decision released Friday, the court said the fund must only compensate economic loss when the victim has been unable to receive or use the lost scholarship because of an injury.