Degorski and Juan Luna are serving life sentences in the murder of seven people at the Brown's Chicken restaurant in Palatine.
On Friday, a jury rewarded convicted murderer James Degorski $500,000 in a civil case. Degorski filed a federal lawsuit saying a Cook County Jail guard beat him in 2002.
"We were just really, I guess, disheartened to hear about the excessive award and settlement," Dana Sampson said. She found out about the award after a newspaper contacted her.