MAN TOLD TO MARRY GIRLFRIEND OR GO TO JAIL





A Texas man organized a shotgun wedding after a judge told him he had a choice of getting hitched or going to jail. Rather than face a 15 day stint in prison on an assault charge, 20-year-old Josten Bundy walked down the aisle. The judge said he would grant probation if Bundy married his 19-year- old girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes, within 30 days, write Bible verses and attend counselling. If he declined, he would go to jail.
According to court documents, Smith County Judge Randall Rogers gave the option to Bundy, of Tyler, Texas, who was

The bride’s father 
was angry at the judge
 for pressuring the pair 
into marriage

arrested in March on a charge of assault causing bodily injury. Bundy got into a fight with the ex-boyfriend of his then girlfriend - and now wife. The bride’s father was angry at the judge for pressuring the pair into marriage and was looking into whether this was judicial misconduct, he told local news channel. ‘He can’t do this by court ordering somebody to be married:’ the bride’s father, Kenneth Jaynes, said.
The couple, who had talked about eventually getting married but did not have immediate wedding plans, are happy they tied the knot. But did not appreciate being forced into it, they told the
broadcaster.
‘It just felt like we weren’t going to be able to have the wedding we wanted: the new bride told the TV station, ‘I didn’t even have a white dress’

Called from metro.co.uk