DURANT, Okla. (AP) - A man who had just received a 10-year prison term exchanged marriage vows with a woman in the same courthouse before being led away in shackles.
Forty-nine-year-old Forrest Lynn Foreman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday after pleading no contest to a methamphetamine manufacturing charge, but he wanted to marry 30-year-old Amie Gayleene Lang before beginning his sentence.
In a third-floor courtroom of the Bryan County courthouse, Calera Police Chief Don Hyde Jr., who is an ordained minister, performed the marriage ceremony after being asked to do so by a court clerk deputy.
Hyde says the couple told him that they wanted to unite as a family and become legal as a couple before Foreman began his prison sentence.
Hyde says the service was "beautiful" and that the couple cried.
After the service, Foreman was taken to a local jail.
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