And that has the two angry and upset women feeling like they were just given another "slap in the face."
Both Sheila Westwong and Lucie Brunet said outside court they were extremely "disappointed" with the fine and felt their so-called husband should have been punished a whole lot more for what he has put them through.
"I mean, $1,200 for the 10 years and all the emotional and financial abuse," said Westwong. "It is pretty much a slap in the face."
Brunet agreed. "It's just not good enough," she said.
Gordon Howard Krell, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of bigamy and one count of careless storage of a firearm.
Crown prosecutor John Kennedy told provincial court police were called to a north Edmonton home in 2007 when Westwong reported her husband had left a rifle wrapped in a blanket in a closet.
When the officer arrived, he was told by Westwong that Krell, her husband of 10 years, had not been divorced from his second wife when he married her in 1999.
Court heard the two women had met and discovered the truth about the man they were both still married to.
Kennedy said Krell is a legitimate bigamist, but noted he was not trying to live two married lives at the same time.
"He wasn't ducking from House A to House B trying to conduct two marriages simultaneously," said Kennedy, adding that while in the 1950s a person could get prison time for bigamy, recent cases typically end up with fines.
Defence lawyer Jeffrey Klassen told court Krell is remorseful over what he did and handed Westwong $200 cash to pay for her costs to get an annulment.
"He admits he did this to the two women and he is not proud of it," said Klassen.
Judge Elizabeth Johnson said the proposed fine wasn't something that "leaps to mind" as a sentence, but ruled it was not inappropriate under the circumstances.
"This is certainly not a case of deception where he is running from one household to another," said Johnson. "Nevertheless, it is still a criminal offence."
In a victim impact statement, Westwong wrote she is now "almost scared of loving someone wholeheartedly."
Outside court, Westwong, 45, said she and Krell were married in a legal ceremony near Wabamun on July 3, 1999.
On March 14, 2007, she returned home to find him gone and his wedding ring left on a dresser. She ended up calling his sister and discovering he was already married to Brunet, whom she met a couple of days later.
Westwong said she was "totally devastated" when she learned her husband of a decade was already married.
"It shattered my whole world," she said. "For 10 years I've been living a lie. He stole that from me and I'll never get it back. How could someone do that to another person?"
By Tony Blais of The Edmonton Sun