By Susan Tuz

The town of New Milford has reached a $300,000 settlement with Catherine Fergus in her negligence suit stemming from a November 2009 stabbing by her estranged husband.

Fergus filed a civil suit against the town in 2010, claiming police Officer Daniel Wilczek’s handling of her Nov. 14, 2009, harassment complaint against her then estranged husband, Neil Fergus, was negligent.

Wilczek had called Neil Fergus rather than arresting him.

The knife attack by her estranged husband happened within hours of her filing and in front of the couple’s two small children.

Neil Fergus was sentenced in October 2012 to a 30-year prison term to be suspended after 13 years, followed by probation, for the stabbing attempt on her life.

In October 2014, Superior Court Judge John A. Danaher III issued a summary judgment deciding the town should be immune from liability, overturning an earlier judgment by Judge John W. Pickard that the case should go to jury trial.

Catherine Fergus’ attorney, Joel Faxon, filed an appeal with the state Appellate Court in January.

In a mediation session required before the Appellate Court case began, the settlement agreement was reached between the town’s insurance company, Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA), and Fergus.

The New Milford Town Council agreed Monday to the settlement.

Mayor Pat Murphy had no comment.

Faxon said the $300,000 amount reflected CIRMA did not consider this a “nuisance settlement.”

“For them to settle for this amount shows they didn’t believe they had a strong case,” Faxon said. “They wanted to put this litigation behind them.

“Nothing can change the past,” he added. “What happened, happened. But now Catherine Fergus and her family can put this suit behind them.”; 203-731-3352