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Ex-Alamo followers respond to motion in lawsuit

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 31, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.


This file photo shows Tony Alamo being led from the federal courthouse in Texarkana on July 23, 2009. A jury Thursday awarded two men $66 million for their claims of abuse by Alamo.

— The attorney for two former Tony Alamo followers says a request to reduce a $66 million judgment against the convicted evangelist minimizes the men’s suffering.

Spencer Ondrisek and Seth Calagna were awarded $33 million each by a jury that found Alamo ordered John Kolbek to beat them. Kolbek — who died in January — was ordered to pay each man $1.5 million.

Alamo attorney John Wesley Hall Jr. argues that the award against Alamo is unfair when compared with that against Kolbek.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that a motion by attorney David Carter says Kolbek’s actions “pales” when compared with Alamo and that Alamo orchestrated the abuse.

Alamo is serving a 175-

year prison term after being convicted of taking young girls across state lines for sex.

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