Woman chained in stor­age con­tainer awarded mil­lions

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY EMILY BOHATCH ebo­[email protected]­tate.com

Af­ter be­ing chained up in a stor­age con­tainer for more than two months and res­cued by Spar­tan­burg County’s sher­iff’s deputies, Kala Brown was awarded mil­lions in com­pen­sa­tion by a judge, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

South Carolina se­rial killer Todd Kohlhepp was or­dered to pay Brown a to­tal of more than $6.3 mil­lion af­ter he kid­napped and held the woman hostage nearly two years ago, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed in a Spar­tan­burg County court.

The rul­ing came af­ter Brown’s le­gal team filed a mo­tion for the judge to is­sue a judg­ment in the case and Kohlhepp or his at­tor­ney didn’t re­spond, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. The law­suit, which was filed in Novem­ber 2016 — less than a month af­ter Brown was res­cued from Kohlhepp’s Woodruff prop­erty — was ad­ju­di­cated Wed­nes­day.

In the suit, Brown and her lawyers ac­cused Kohlhepp of as­sault, bat­tery, false im­pris­on­ment, in­ten­tional in­flic­tion of emo­tional dis­tress and neg­li­gence, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. Brown was awarded more than $1.5 mil­lion for costs she al­ready in­curred, like med­i­cal ex­penses, af­ter her im­pris­on­ment and more than $4.7 mil­lion for fu­ture dam­ages.

Kohlhepp is cur­rently serv­ing seven con­sec­u­tive life sen­tences for the mur­der of seven peo­ple, three of which were found on the same prop­erty Brown was be­ing held on, the Greenville News re­ported. The other four were killed inside a Su­per­bike Motorsports in 2003, Fox Carolina re­ported.

Brown still has a law­suit pend­ing against Kohlhepp’s real es­tate com­pany, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. That law­suit al­leges the com­pany hired Kohlhepp de­spite his crim­i­nal his­tory and con­vic­tion for kid­nap­ping.

While work­ing for the com­pany, Kohlhepp would pay Brown to clean homes he was sell­ing or rent­ing, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. Brown was called to clean a home Aug. 31, 2016, the day she was locked in the ship­ping con­tainer.

To pay dam­ages to his vic­tims and their fam­i­lies, Kohlhepp is auc­tion­ing off his be­long­ings from his Woodruff prop­erty, ac­cord­ing to the auc­tion’s site. The on­line auc­tion was slated to be­gin Satur­day at 5 p.m.

RICHARD SHIRO AP file photo

South Carolina se­rial killer Todd Kohlhepp has been or­dered to pay more than $6.3 mil­lion to a woman he kid­napped and held hostage al­most two years ago.

Kala Brown

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