PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The parents of Seth Adams held a news conference Monday afternoon to announce a $2.5 million settlement with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Sgt. Michael Custer, five years after the deputy shot and killed their unarmed 24-year-old son.
The Adams family sued Sgt. Custer and PBSO, accusing Custer of using excessive force when he killed their son in May 2012.
Lydia and Richard Adams, alongside attorneys from Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, announced that, despite agreeing to the settlement, they are now seeking criminal charges against Sgt. Custer.
"This isn't justice. Justice will be a criminal indictment and a criminal trial and hopefully a guilty verdict," Seth's mother Lydia said.
"The settlement is the largest one that's ever been made by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department which we feel is an acknowledgment by both the Sheriff and Sgt. Custer that the shooting of Seth Adams was unjustified," said attorney Wallace McCall. "In light of the facts that came out both in our pre-suit investigation and throughout the trial, we are making a demand upon the State Attorney David Aronberg as well as the U.S. Attorney's Office to reopen their criminal investigation into this shooting."
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