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Man gets 20 years in one courtroom, walks next door and gets married in another

47-year-old Greg Howard was sentenced for robbery and assault before tying the knot.

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A MAN SENTENCED to at least 20 years in prison in one Pennsylvania courtroom followed that up by walking into another courtroom to marry his girlfriend.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that 47-year-old Greg Howard was sentenced  in Westmoreland County Court for robbing and assaulting an elderly woman during a burglary.

Prosecutors say the Monessen man and two other people got into the woman’s house by pretending to be delivering furniture. Witnesses say they took $13,000 (€11,400) and jewellery and left her on her bed with her ankles and wrists bound.

Robbery Sentence-Marriage Greg Howard Source: AP

Howard’s closing argument had referenced Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny. But he was silent at sentencing.

He was allowed to wear civilian clothes instead of a prison jumpsuit. He remained shackled during a brief wedding attended by five deputies and the bride’s baby.

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