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Con Man With Four Wives Sentenced To Prison

April 27, 1989

DETROIT (AP) _ A man accused of being married to four women at the same time was sentenced to 27 months by a federal judge who told him he would be spending some time ″in the company of men″ for a change.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Hackett on Wednesday sentenced Victor Barr, seated in a wheelchair in court, to prison without parole.

Barr, 49, pleaded guilty in January to marrying Carol Kelly of Pontiac and Margaret Gearing of Cleveland under false pretenses in 1988 and of defrauding the women of about $50,000. Federal officials believe he had two other wives at the time.

Barr conned women into marrying him by promising them money from an inheritance, prosecutors said. They said he paid his expenses with their credit cards and repaid them with checks written on a phony bank account.

Hackett said she was skeptical of Barr’s claims that he was illiterate and unable to walk.

″When you are in custody you will be in the company of men,″ she told him. ″For the first time you will be without women to look after you and you will be taking care of yourself.″

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