Last month, a Texas judge sentenced a rowdy man to life – with his girlfriend.
Josten Bundy had two choices: go to jail for 15 days or marry his 19-year-old girlfriend of one year, Elizabeth Jaynes, the judge said, according to New York Daily News.
The 20-year-old man reportedly picked a fight with his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend in February and punched him twice in the jaw for reportedly disrespecting Jaynes.
The ex was not seriously injured but pressed assault charges anyway.
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“I took matters into my own hands and I know that’s wrong,” Bundy said. “I know I was raised better, but it happened.”
The judge made a bizarre ruling. Bundy could go to jail for 15 days, or he could serve time a little less conventionally.
“You know, as a part of my probation, you’re going to have to marry her…within 30 days,” the judge said.
In addition to marrying Jaynes, the man would also have to write out Bible verses and attend counseling sessions during his probation.
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Bundy was floored.
At first, he figured that he would go to jail.
“He offered me fifteen days in jail and that would have been fine and I asked if I could call my job [to let them know],” said Bundy, according to the Inquisitr. “The judge told me ‘nope, that’s not how this works.'’”
The couple was in shock.
“My face was so red, people behind me were laughing,” said Jaynes.
Bundy and Jaynes had always wanted a lavish spring wedding. They did not want to be rushed because of a court ruling, but they ultimately married on the short notice, as Bundy worried about losing his job. Most of their family and friends were unable to attend.
“It just felt like we weren't going to be able to have the wedding we wanted,” Jaynes said, as reported by New York Daily News. “It was just going to be kind of pieced together. I didn't even have a white dress.”
Legal expert Blake Bailey called the ruling “way out of left field.”
“It sounds like the old days of shotgun weddings, but not even the judge is capable of enforcing, what he thinks is best for some people in his court,” Bailey said.