Benoit Family Reaches Financial Settlement Over Slaying


The University of Idaho has reached a financial settlement with the Boise family of Katy Benoit, who was killed by a former U of I professor in August 2011. Ernesto Bustamente, who had dated the 22-year-old Benoit and repeatedly threatened her when the relationship ended, killed himself shortly after Benoit's murder.

The Benoit family had filed a $3 million tort claim against the university in December, claiming U of I officials had "negligently and recklessly" hired and kept Bustamente on staff. The family claimed that the university knew about Bustamente's abusive sexual relationships with female students.

The Idaho Board of Education will meet today in Moscow, where it is expected to consider the settlement, but in an executive session not open to the public.

Neither the U of I nor the Benoit family has commented on the proposed settlement.