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Fri May 24, 2013
Judge Denies Bid To Delay Alamo Property Hearing
A federal magistrate has denied a bid by a follower of convicted evangelist Tony Alamo to delay the sale of six Fort Smith properties to settle a court ruling.
The Texarkana Gazette reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant refused to delay a May 30 hearing to determine which properties might be sold.
Bryant ruled last month the properties could be sold to partially satisfy a $30 million judgment Alamo owes two men raised in Alamo's group. In 2009, Alamo was convicted of taking sexually abusing five underage girls and is serving 175 years in prison.
Alamo was also ordered to pay $500,000 in restitution to each accuser. Federal prosecutors are seeking the seizure of Alamo's house at the church complex in Fouke, a church gymnasium, and other property.