Just days after Atascadero resident, Mark Andrews was sentenced to 50 years for the 2013 shooting death of Colleen Barga-Milbury, his mother was named in a wrongful death suit related to that crime.
The May 25 suit claims that Carol Lynn Andrews’ alleged failure to secure several weapons belonging to herself and her husband directly contributed to the shooting.
According to court documents, Mark was living with his parents when the crime occurred. He had previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and he claimed to be a werewolf. Still, Mark was found legally sane and guilty of murder in March of this year.
Barga-Milbury lived in the same Atascadero neighborhood as Mark and was friends with the Andrews family. She was a widow at the time of her death and left behind a teenage son with autism, Robert Barga, who recently turned 18. He’s the plaintiff in the civil case.
The suit claims Carol Lynn was negligent in allowing Mark to access guns despite his history of mental illness, which includes a 2009 arrest based on threats made to a different neighbor. Mark was held on an involuntary 5150 mental health hold related to that incident, and such holds forbid the patient from accessing guns for five years. During the criminal trial, Carol Lynn testified that she was aware of that restriction.
Carol Lynn was not available for comment, but her lawyer Jordan Cunningham said in a statement to New Times, “My client extends the utmost sympathy to the Barga family. She grieves for her friend as well as her son every day. As a mother and as a friend, these tragic events have affected her profoundly.”
The civil suit asks for an unspecified amount in monetary damages based on loss of financial support and benefits as well as emotional damages.