WAUSEON — A civil case filed by Sierah Joughin’s family against the man convicted of killing her has been settled.
A consent judgment filing in Fulton County Common Pleas Court June 20 stated both sides agreed all real estate owned by Worley will be transferred to Joughin’s estate. In addition, a $3.6 million monetary settlement was also reached, although the judgment states it will not be executed unless Worley receives a “windfall sum of money,” such as winning the lottery or receiving royalties such as book or movie rights relating to Worley’s life story.
Worley was sentenced to death in April after being convicted for the aggravated murder of Joughin in 2016. An execution date of June 3, 2019, was set, although a notice of appeal has been filed with the Ohio Supreme Court.
Joughin’s family filed the civil lawsuit against Worley in April 2017, alleging Worley was liable for punitive damages in Joughin’s death and, seven days after being charged with aggravated murder, Worley transferred his 3.05 acre property in Delta to a trust of which he is the only trustee. The lawsuit alleged the transfer was done to avoid paying a judgment in the case and was fraudulent.