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State Blocks Woman Who Shot Sister From Giving Victim Money

July 17, 1991

DETROIT (AP) _ A woman imprisoned for shooting her sister because she had grown fat and ill is trying to give the victim $60,000, but the state wants the money to pay for the prisoner’s upkeep.

A hearing is scheduled Aug. 9 in circuit court on a state lawsuit seeking to force Carol Kwiatkowski to help pay for her own imprisonment from the proceeds of selling the family home. The lawsuit was filed under the state prisoner reimbursement law.

But Anna Kwiatkowski, who was shot in the head, also sued her sister and her father, Valentine, for damages after the 1989 shooting in the family’s Westland home. Valentine and Carol Kwiatkowski were convicted of assault with intent to murder. Valentine Kwiatkowski died in prison; his daughter is serving five to 15 years.

The two planned to kill the 360-pound Ann Kwiatkowski because her weight, asthma and other medical problems were causing bills to mount, according to court testimony. Valentine Kwiatkowski shot her in the head with a .32-caliber handgun, but his daughter recovered.

Carol Kwiatkowski sold the family home after being convicted.

″The state is interfering with Carol’s coming to legal and personal terms with her sister,″ Carol Kwiatkowski’s lawyer, John Fordell Leone, said Tuesday. ″You’re not taking the money from a prisoner, you’re taking it from a victim who is on general assistance right now.″

The state Department of Corrections says its costs $22,614 a year to keep a pisoner. Assistant Attorney General David Cannon said the state is reviewing its claim to the $60,000 from the house sale because of the sister’s pending lawsuit.

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