Missouri Woman Pleads Guilty To Bigamy

Date 2014/3/31 4:37:52 | Topic: News

FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) — Michelle A. (Sykes) Declue, 28, appeared at her first court hearing for arraignment. She agreed to plead guilty to the Class A misdemeanor charge and pay a fine of $500.
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She admitted that she had filed for a restraining order against the first husband but never divorced him.

According to court documents, the most recent marriage took place December 2010 before Judge James Kelly in St. Francois County. Three years later, in December 2013, the husband approached county deputies to report he recently discovered his wife had married in October 2008 in St. Clair County, Ill., and seemingly had never dissolved that union.

Deputies contacted the courts there and obtained the marriage license for Michelle Sykes and a male dated Oct. 17, 2008. St. Clair County officials told investigators that neither Sykes nor her husband from the 2008 union had filed for divorce.

St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin says the previous marriage in St. Clair County in 2008 would nullify the union made in St. Francois County in 2010.

DeClue could have faced a year in jail or a $1,000 fine.



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