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TV ministry pays $100,000 to settle wrongful-death lawsuit

AKRON, Ohio - A television ministry has paid $100,000 to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of a teenage girl who was stabbed to death by a fellow church member.

The family of Cassandra Blondheim had sued Cuyahoga Falls-based Ernest Angley Ministries, alleging that ministry supervisors ignored her complaints about Shane Partin's romantic advances.

Partin was convicted of murder for the 1999 slaying and received a sentence of 15 years to life in prison. Prosecutors said Partin, then 27, was angry that the 15-year-old girl rejected him.

Blondheim and Partin both worked as volunteers at a restaurant affiliated with Ernest Angley's church, Grace Cathedral.

In the lawsuit, Blondheim's family members said Partin was merely reprimanded after the girl's initial complaints. After she complained a second time, Partin was fired but later allowed to come back and volunteer at the restaurant.

Witnesses at the murder trial testified that Partin approached her from behind as she was washing dishes at the restaurant and began stabbing her.

According to settlement papers in Summit County Probate Court, eight members of Blondheim's family shared $67,000; the law firm of Reminger and Reminger received $33,000 for attorney fees.

The settlement was reached following a mediation hearing in June 2003, but settlement papers weren't released until requested by the Akron Beacon Journal on Tuesday.

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