Monday 23 April 2018

Man jailed for bigamy after marrying woman less than a year after wedding her mother

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Harriet Agerholm

A man has been jailed for marrying a woman and then wedding her daughter, without first getting a divorce.

Christopher I Hauptmann, 44, married Shannon Deitrich in Florida in November 2015.

The following September, he tied the knot with her 18-year-old daughter, Kaylee Durovick, without divorcing her mother first. He remains in a relationship with the teenager.

Authorities in Pennsylvania first became suspicious of Hauptmann – who worked as a bail bondsman – after receiving reports he was using an alias and possessed a gun, despite being prohibited from doing so because of a previous drug conviction.

Detectives in Northumberland County discovered Hauptmann used the name Christopher Buckley on some legal documents, according Penn Live which originally reported the story.

Hauptmann, from Shamokin in Pennsylvania, pleaded no contest to bigamy, forgery to authorities and owning a firearm as a convicted criminal charges at Northumberland County Court.

By pleading no contest, he admitted there was enough evidence to find him guilty of the charges, but he did not admit guilt.

"There was an opportunity to give him certainty and closure," Hauptmann's defence attorney Peter Kay told The Daily Item newspaper.  "He's been sitting a long time in jail." He said his client was looking forward to "closing this chapter of his life".

Judges sentenced him to between a year minus a day to two years minus a day in prison followed by 10 years' probation. He is barred from contact with Ms Deitrich.

He was given credit for the 332 days he had already spent in jail, after he was unable to post his $300,000 (£221,500) bail.

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