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Inmate Gets Married at Wash. Prison

April 6, 1998

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) _ The wedding bouquet was made of tissue paper roses and dyed with black cherry Kool-Aid. The preacher _ a motorcycle evangelist called Spider _ wore leather.

With a kiss through a partition that separates inmates from visitors, Jared Marcum and Sandra Soto were married Saturday in the Franklin County Jail.

The couple had planned to marry at an outdoor wedding in July, but, as Soto said, ``things happen.″

Marcum, 19, arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, faces a 29-month prison term when he is sentenced Tuesday. So the wedding date was moved up because, Soto explained, ``we really love each other.″

The bride kept her wedding outfit simple since Marcum would be in a orange jail jumpsuit. She settled on a daisy-print dress and black suede boots.

The newlyweds weren’t permitted to hold hands or touch at all. No rings _ and Marcum couldn’t eat any of the wedding cake.

Soto sniffed into her bouquet on the way out. ``I can’t believe it,″ she said. ``I am a wife. I’m a wife.″

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