Keron Lamont Wilkins, 32, was placed on probation for two years after he pleaded guilty in Wake County District Court, according to court records.
"This doesn't conclude anything," said Shannetta Dawn Stone, 32, the wife from Richmond, Va., with whom Wilkins had lived in Cary.
Police accused Keron Lamont Wilkins, 32, of marrying Stone on March 20 while he still was married to Chaka Khan Miles Wilkins -- his wife of eight years and the mother of two of his children.
The two women worked together to bring their husband to justice.
Stone learned from Wilkins' mother in April that he already was married to another woman. But Wilkins wouldn't fess up when Stone confronted him.
Chaka Wilkins, with whom he shared an apartment in Clayton, later found text messages he had sent Stone. She called her and told her about them.
Stone, who met Wilkins at a gas station, said she pursued criminal charges against him. She has been actively following the case, driving more than four hours from Richmond to see Wilkins plead guilty.
In an interview Tuesday, Stone said that traffic jams caused her to miss the hearing.
Wilkins' sentence should have been tougher, Stone said. The sentence range for a bigamy conviction is four to 10 months in prison, according to state law.
"I guess I should be happy because he has a felony on his record, and it will be difficult for him to get a job," Stone said. "Why is it that if you break the one covenant we have with God ... you can get away with a slap on the wrist?"
Wilkins refused to comment about the case.
Efforts to reach Charles Caldwell, a Wake public defender representing Wilkins, were unsuccessful.
In early May, another woman came forward saying she also is married to Wilkins. Jenean Baker of Atlanta said she and Wilkins wed Nov. 25, 2005, in Miami.
Efforts to reach Baker for comment also were unsuccessful.
Stone said she has been in contact with Baker, who is planning to pursue a bigamy charge against Wilkins in Miami. She thinks that charge will open the door for the pursuit of federal charges.
"Once we get him charged in another state, then it's an interstate crime," said Stone, who said she is trying to get an annulment.
Stone said she has been contacted by four more women -- three living in Virginia and one in Arizona -- who claim to be married to Wilkins.
There should be a national database established to help prevent similar situations from happening, Stone said: "We really need that so not only myself but the other women can be vindicated."
By Titan Barksdale of The News Observer