ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (KMSP) - Former St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez will receive $48,500 as a part of his separation agreement with the department, just three weeks after being acquitted for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile last summer. The announcement ends one part of a tumultuous saga that thrust the small Minnesota community into the national spotlight just over a year ago.
"The City concluded this was the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed," a statement from St. Anthony reads. "A reasonable voluntary separation agreement brings to a close one part of this horrible tragedy."
The official separation agreement was released Monday after being signed by both parties, outlining the conditions and benefits Yanez is afforded under his previous contract with the department.
The $48,500 lump sum, along with up to 600 total hours of personal leave pay Yanez accumulated during his more than four years with St. Anthony, will be paid within 20 days--given Yanez returns all city property and settle all claims with the city, among other things.
His salary with St. Anthony at the time of the shooting was more than $72,600, according to city documents obtained by the Associated Press.
The official date of Yanez' termination of employment from the department is listed in the agreement as June 30, with 15 days to rescind his signature after the document was signed.
"Nothing in this agreement is intended to be, and nothing will be deemed to be, an admission of liability by the City or you that either party has violated any state or federal statute, local ordinance or principle of common law, or that either party has engaged in any wrongdoing," the agreement reads.