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Killer Gets 27 Years To Life And A Wife

May 2, 1987

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) _ A convicted killer was sentenced to 27 years to life, then remained shackled as he married his girlfriend in a courtroom ceremony officiated by the judge who handed down the sentence.

One of four marshals in the courtroom handed the ring to Rodney Wayne Jones, 23, when the time came for him to put it on the finger of 22-year-old Rhonda Jackson.

″This is the first time I’ve ever done that,″ the judge said of the unusual wedding.

Jones was convicted of murder in the fatal shooting in August of 24-year- old Antonio Giles, who was killed when he intervened in an argument between Jones and Giles’ younger brother.

Asked why she married Jones, Jackson said she loves him. The couple, who kissed after the ceremony, are the parents of a 3-month-old son.

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