Pierce County Superior Court Judge Garold Johnson this morning dismissed a lawsuit filed by a convicted killer against the victim’s wife and ordered him to pay the defendants’ legal fees.
Larry Shandola, who is serving a 31-year prison sentence for shooting Robert Henry with a shotgun outside a Tacoma business Sept. 11, 1995, argued his case via speaker phone.
In February, Shandola sued the victim’s wife, Paula Henry, and four others for violating his privacy rights and causing emotional distress by telling the state Department of Corrections that he shouldn’t be allowed to serve his sentence in his birth country of Canada to be closer to his family.
Paula Henry and other defendants asked to have the case dismissed, arguing they shouldn’t have to pay thousands to defend themselves.
In the suit, Shandola asked for $100,000 from each of the defendants, which included a victim advocate and some of Robert Henry’s friends.
Shandola was convicted in 2001 of killing Robert Henry in the parking lot of North Coast Electric Co., where Robert Henry was an executive. Prosecutors argued the slaying was in retaliation for Robert Henry suing Shandola for punching him in the mouth at a New Year’s Eve party.