Re: Except the jury dont award anything, they decide guilt
I agree the jury shouldn't decide sentence, but the sentence is 14 years in jail + $250,000. The rest of the $9M is civil restitution to the victims of the crime. In the US it is quite common for juries to decide civil damages (which are then often reduced to something reasonable on appeal). Thus it would be logical for the jury to be responsible for deciding restitution damages in criminal cases.