The groom wore an orange jumpsuit and matching rubber slippers with white socks.
But instead of going on a honeymoon, Larry Allen Austin went straight to prison after getting married Thursday.
Austin, 29, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County District Court to a firearm charge and was sentenced to four years in prison by District Judge Jerry D. Bass.
Bass then presided over a marriage ceremony between the man and longtime girlfriend Dustie Dawn Trojack, 31, of Oklahoma City, whose two children were in attendance.
First, though, Austin and his bride-to-be took the elevator down to the court clerk’s office to get a marriage license, accompanied by two sheriff’s deputies.
“We’ve been together for a long time,” Austin said. “This is a chance for us to start our lives.”
It was a first for Bass, sentencing a man and conducting his wedding in the same day.
“It’s what we do as judges,” he said. “We conduct legal business, and from time to time we conduct marriages.”
Austin must do his time in a federal prison because he was on probation for a federal firearms conviction when he committed his latest offense and his probation was revoked.
He will serve state and federal sentences concurrently.
Plans for the future
Austin’s attorney, Scott M. Anderson, said Austin raised the woman’s two boys and doesn’t want to lose contact with them.
“While he was here he wanted to be able to make plans for a future with her,” Anderson said.
Marrying their mother was the only way the children would be able to visit Austin in federal prison, Anderson said.
Austin, his left arm in a cast, fumbled with a purple paper ring when it came time to slip it on Trojack’s finger. But he knew what to do when told to kiss the bride.
Allen didn’t get to enjoy his married status very long.
Federal authorities were waiting to take him to prison.