STAMFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut jury has awarded $28.6 million in damages to the ex-wife of former Bush administration lawyer John Michael Farren, after finding him liable for beating her nearly to death at their mansion.

The Stamford Superior Court jury reached its verdict Tuesday afternoon. The Advocate of Stamford reports the jury found Farren liable for assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress after about 90 minutes of deliberations.

The verdict came in Mary Margaret Farren’s lawsuit against her ex-husband, a White House lawyer for President George W. Bush and general counsel for Xerox Corp.

John Michael Farren currently is representing himself at a trial on criminal charges of attempted murder and assault in connection with the alleged 2010 attack in New Canaan. He has pleaded not guilty.

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