Judge order man to end one marriage before he sentences him

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -- The sentencing for a western Michigan man who pleaded guilty to polygamy has been delayed a week because he failed to show evidence he had divorced one of two wives.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that 35-year-old Richard Barton's $3,000 bond was revoked Monday and he was placed in the Muskegon County Jail. The Walker man pleaded guilty in June, admitting he married a woman in July 2010 in Muskegon while still married to a Rhode Island woman he wed in 2004.

Barton said in court that both marriages had ended as far as he knew. The judge asked what court annulled the marriage and he said he didn't know.

The judge originally delayed the sentencing by four months to give Barton a chance to end one of his marriages.

Published: Wed, Oct 19, 2011

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