Oklahoma judge hands down prison sentence, then presides over nuptials

Larry Allen Austin, 29, ties knot with longtime girlfriend after pleading guilty to firearms charge; Oklahoma County District Judge Jerry Bass also presides over ceremony
by Tim Willert Published: September 14, 2012
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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.”


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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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