Kala Brown awarded $6.3M in Todd Kohlhepp lawsuit

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SPARTNABURG, SC (WSPA) – Kala Brown was awarded $6,318,760 in a lawsuit against Todd Kohlhepp. 

The serial killer held Brown captive in a shipping container after murdering her boyfriend, Charlie Carver, in 2016.

Brown said she was daily raped before sheriff’s deputies rescued her in November 2016. 

The order said Brown was awarded $1,579,690 in actual damages and $4,739,070 in punitive damages.

She was originally seeking more than $363 million.

She wanted $360 million in punitive damages and $3.6 million in actual and compensatory damages for past and future medical costs, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life, according to Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC.

“No amount of money will ever compensate Kala for what Todd Kohlhepp did to her,” Mr. Stalvey said. “This payment will act as a form of closure for her, so that she may continue the long road of putting this terrifying chapter of her life behind her and move forward in recovery. This victim deserves this victory.”

Kohlhepp murdered seven people before holding Brown captive on his property in Woodruff. 

Her rescue helped authorities solve the seven killings, including four murdered at Superbike Motorsports in 2003.

Kohlhepp later confessed to the quadruple murder.

He was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences. He also received 60 years for kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. 

As part of the plea agreement, he’s expected to spend the rest of his life in the S.C. Department of Corrections with no chance of parole.

He also can’t appeal.

If he escapes, the state could re-sentence him and seek the death penalty.

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