Suffocated Man’s Kids Get Settlement
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ A restaurant whose bouncers were accused of suffocating a man after he showed up wearing a gorilla mask has agreed to pay the man’s three children $150,000.
Uldis Celmins, who had been feuding with employees at Peter’s La Cuisine restaurant, arrived in October 1999 wearing fatigues and a gorilla mask, and threw a cup of liquid at a bouncer.
Bouncers Scott Bostwick and Thomas Pucin, along with Pucin’s father, William, chased Celmins down and held him face down in the street. Celmins, 40, died soon after.
Theresa Mendoza, the mother of Celmins’ children, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the restaurant in 2000. According to the agreement, the money will go to Celmins’ children, ages 7 to 16.
A separate civil lawsuit is pending against William Pucin, who was acquitted of manslaughter following a trial last year. Charges were dropped against the other men before trial.