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Loss of affection worth $30M

A Wake County, N.C., judge Monday handed down a judgment against a woman with Halifax County ties requiring her to pay $30,162,000 in an alienation of affection lawsuit.

According to Wake County Superior Court Assistant Deputy Clerk Pam Reese, Judge Carl Fox’s judgment against former South Boston resident Betty C. Devin requires her to pay more than $10 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages to Carol Puryear, the former wife of Donald Puryear, who owns a trucking company in Raleigh, N.C.

Court records indicate the settlement is the largest of its kind in North Carolina history.

Reese said the judge must sign the order which was granted at the conclusion of the bench trial.

To win an alienation of affection suit, one party is required to prove that a third party acted maliciously to contribute to or cause the loss of affection in a marriage.

Devin did not appear in court, officials said.

Stephanie T. Jenkins of the law firm Gailor, Wallis and Hunt of Raleigh represented Puryear.