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Two ex-Alamo members get $33 million each in suit

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 2, 2011 at 2:47 p.m.

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— Two former members of convicted evangelist Tony Alamo’s ministry have been awarded $33 million each after they sued Alamo for ordering them to be beaten.

A jury deliberated for a few hours Thursday before finding Alamo liable in a civil lawsuit in Texarkana.

Seth Calagna and Spencer Ondirsek were awarded $30 million each in punitive damages, plus another $3 million each to compensate them for past injuries. They say Alamo ordered another man to beat them. They were previously awarded $1.5 million each after that man failed to respond to their suit.

Alamo is serving a 175-year prison sentence for taking young girls across state lines for sex. His Little Rock attorney, John Wesley Hall Jr., called the sums awarded “outlandish” and says he’ll ask that they be reduced.

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twkmaster says... June 2, 2011 at 5:50 p.m.

Mr. Lawyer, I don't think he is going to need that money. Oh wait, you are protecting YOUR bottom line aren't you. Don't know what I was thinking.

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Jjackk says... June 2, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.

Well, the judgments are kind of high.

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twkmaster says... June 3, 2011 at 4:16 a.m.

They may be high but I was making a statement about leech lawyers.

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