Prosecutors say there was just one problem when a Beaumont, TX woman traveled to Las Vegas to get married - she was already married at the time. The Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Paulette Marie Durio, 32, on a charge of bigamy. Investigators say on July 30, Durio traveled to Las Vegas to get married.
According to a Probable Cause Affidavit obtained by KFDM News, once the couple returned to Texas, the man discovered Durio's divorce hadn't been finalized. The Affidavit states that temporary orders filed in the 317th Judicial District in Jefferson County indicate Durio had filed for divorce and temporary papers were signed on March 10, 2008. The papers divided custody and possessions.
According to the Affidavit, the divorce wasn't finalized, and at the time Durio got married in Las Vegas, she was still legally married in Texas. The charge of bigamy is a 3rd Degree Felony. If convicted, Durio could punishment ranging from probation to 2 - 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Assistant District Attorney Harry Lewis tells KFDM News this isn't the first bigamy indictment he's handled, but they've been infrequent during his year's with the Jefferson County D.A.'s Office.
By Scott Lawrence of KFDM News