Report: Victims of Mark Salling May Not Get Restitution After Death

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
January 31, 2018Entertainment
Report: Victims of Mark Salling May Not Get Restitution After Death
Actor Mark Salling attends the Tinder Plus Launch Party featuring Jason Derulo and ZEDD at Hangar 8 Santa Monica at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on June 17, 2015. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Tinder)

The victims of a crime committed by “Glee” actor Mark Salling, who was found dead earlier this week of an apparent suicide, could lose their restitution, it was reported.

Salling agreed to pay $50,000 to victims as part of a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in December 2017 and was facing four to seven years in prison.

TMZ reported Wednesday, Jan. 31, that “the judge must first sentence the defendant. Salling’s sentencing was scheduled for March but since he hanged himself prior to the sentencing.” It means that the plea deal wasn’t complete, and the judge lost power to order the payment to the victims in the case.

However, the victims can still sue his estate.

On Tuesday, Salling apparently committed suicide, and his body was found near a riverbed area in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles after his family reported him missing, reported People magazine.

“I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning. Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment,” his attorney Michael Proctor told the publication. “He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.”

“He was found hanging from a tree in the area of the Los Angeles River in Sunland,” Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter added. Salling was pronounced dead 9 a.m. Tuesday, and his body is at the coroner’s office.

Salling played Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the hit show “Glee” from 2009 to 2015.

Salling was arrested on Dec. 29, 2015, when investigators found thousands of files of child pornography on his laptop, a hard drive, and a thumb drive. A woman who he had dated told officials about the files.

If you or someone you know might be suicidal, consider contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK, texting the Crisis Text Line at 741741.


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