Destiny Desbrow certainly had a marriage ceremony that would be hard to forget. It has the usual features of most weddings: a cake, a ring, and an audience. However, the location and time was a bit odd. She married Danne Desbrow just minutes after he was sentenced to 53 years to life for murder by Judge Patricia Cookson who not only had sentenced him but baked the cake for the wedding.
Cookson quickly dismissed defense motions for a new trial after the sentencing for murder and threatening a witness. She then officiated at the wedding to the obvious displeasure of the family of the victim, Kevin Santos, who were escorted from the courtroom.
The couple met when she was 16, but lost contact after she became pregnant. Her son wanted to meet his father and she tracked him down in jail awaiting his trial. She called the judge to see if she would marry them. She first gave him two 25-year to life sentences to run consecutively (rather than concurrently) and added time for the threatening of the witness. Then with something old and something new out of the way, she proceeded with the wedding.
The best thing about combining your sentencing with your wedding is that you will never forget your anniversary. You only have to look at your rap sheet.
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Oh… Next…. There’s probably more to the story than we know or was reported….
I don’t know where to start on this one: punishment fits the crime, double jeopardy, cruel and unusual punishment, life at hard labor.
And there was not another judge to perform the marriage? Bad form here.
Women judges! Next she will let them have conjugal privileges in the outhouse pending transfer to the pen.
Two life sentences, to be served simultaneously.
Judge meant to further insult and victimize the victims…..
Somehow this reminds me of the neoCons in the House of Reprehensibles.
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