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$1.2M settlement reached in LeRoy boys' deaths

LEROY – Documents show a central Illinois mother has settled a lawsuit against the city of LeRoy for $1.2 million after she claimed police failed to protect her two young sons, whose father killed them in 2009.

The Pantagraph in Bloomington obtained details of Amy Leichtenberg's settlement through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Leichtenberg filed a lawsuit in 2010 seeking $10 million from the city and police officers. She claimed police didn't take her fears about her ex-husband seriously and delayed issuing an Amber Alert for 26 hours.

The city of LeRoy does not admit wrongdoing in the settlement. A resolution that both sides agreed to also seeks to avoid further litigation in the case. The agreement bars attorneys or those connected with the case from discussing it. LeRoy Mayor Steve Dean signed the agreement July 2.

Michael Connolly of Bloomington took Duncan, 9, and Jack, 7, for a weekend visit in March 2009. The boys were missing for three weeks before they were found dead in the back seat of their father's car. Investigators believe he killed his sons, then committed suicide.

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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com

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