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Deputy's widow files worker's comp claim

The widow of a Warren County deputy who was killed two years ago while off duty has filed a worker's compensation claim with the state.

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WARRENTON, N.C. — The widow of a Warren County deputy who was killed two years ago while off duty has filed a worker's compensation claim with the state.

Investigators said they believe Deputy Michael Leonforte was heading home on Sept. 5, 2006, when he drove up to two men standing in the road. The men tried to rob Leonforte after he stopped, and they shot him, authorities said.

Quante Seward and Montellus Burchette were arrested the following day and charged with Leonforte's death.

Cynthia Leonforte has filed a claim with the state Industrial Commission to be compensated for her husband's death, said her attorney, Lewis Thompson.

A decision isn't expected for a few months, Thompson said.

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