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Alamo’s enforcer died of heart failure

January 19, 2011 at 8:04 a.m.
FILE — Tony Alamo answers questions from reporters Friday, November 13, 2009 outside the federal courthouse in Texarkana after he was sentenced to the maximum of 175 years for transporting girls across state lines for sex.

— Authorities in Kentucky say the alleged enforcer of convicted evangelist Tony Alamo died of congestive heart failure.

Fifty-one-year-old John Kolbeck died last Thursday at a home near Louisa, Ky.

Kolbeck had been wanted since 2008 on a charge of second-degree battery in the beating of a teenage member of Alamo’s ministry. He was also ordered in 2009 to pay $3 million after failing to respond to a federal lawsuit in Arkansas by two members of the ministry who accused Kolbeck of beating them.

An attorney for the two men told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he’ll ask a judge to appoint someone to represent Kolbeck’s estate so efforts can begin to collect the $3 million.

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