Garrison daughters file wrongful death suit
BRECKENRIDGE – Saying they cannot replace their mother, Sharon Garrison’s three daughters have filed a $1 million wrongful death suit against her killer. Sharon Garrison’s husband of 10 years, Chuck Garrison, was sentenced last month to 30 years imprisonment for her murder.
“This whole thing is maybe hitting him where it hurts,” Lacie Dissler said Monday. “He killed her because of money, and the whole reason for us doing this is so he does not benefit from her death in any way. It’s not about money for us.”
In three identical statements signed by Dissler, Jennifer Nevener and Audra Johnson, the daughters attempt to explain their reasoning for the $1 million figure.
“It is impossible to replace the loss of my mother,” the statements read. “However, along with my sisters, we estimate that we have suffered damages in excess of $1 million due to the actions of Charles Garrison.
“My mother would have received approximately $1 million if she had divorced Charles Garrison. My mother was only 49 and would have earned at least another $1 million in income over the next 16 years of her work life.”
Chuck Garrison, a former Summit County burglar alarm salesman, was convicted March 20 of second-degree murder in his wife’s death. The couple had a rocky relationship that included three divorce filings. Many of their arguments revolved around money, according to testimony given at the trial.
Sharon Garrison reportedly was about to file for a divorce a fourth time when she disappeared in late September 2000. Investigators found her body three weeks later, tied into a fetal position and wrapped in tarps, buried on the Garrison’s Tiger Road property.
Garrison testified during his murder trial that Sharon died the night of Sept. 26, 2000, during an argument that escalated out-of-control.
In their court filings, Sharon Garrison’s daughters – all in their 20s – also request that Chuck Garrison’s assets be preserved “for potential use in this matter.” That includes several Summit County condominiums the couple purchased during their marriage and a Dillon Valley condo Chuck Garrison sold to a friend, Doug DeMoss, for $100,000 after Sharon Garrison’s death. The women allege the condominium was sold “for an undervalued amount.”
Additionally, they said Chuck Garrison took $210,288 from an investment fund in 2000 to pay his defense attorney. Jewelry, furs, motorcycles and snowmobiles – all items that should be considered part of the estate – also are missing from the Garrison property, the suit alleges.
Because “defendant Garrison now faces a life sentence, it is likely he will continue in his efforts to fraudulently remove property and/or hinder creditors,” the suit alleges.
DeMoss, named as a co-defendant in the case, has filed a request for an extension of time in which to respond to the suit.
Sharon Garrison’s family has been managing the estate, which includes the Garrison home and the condominiums. They have been renting out the home, Dissler said.
Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at email@example.com
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