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Bride, Sister Plead Guilty in ‘Stolen Wedding’ Case

June 7, 1993

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) _ The honeymoon is over, for 30 days anyway, while Jeannie Jacobs Fouts does time for stealing a wedding dress, the groom’s suit, pillows for the ring bearer and a camera to film her wedding.

Under a plea bargain, Mrs. Fouts, 19, and her 23-year-old sister, Betty Thomas, admitted guilt to one count each of shoplifting $1,500 worth of merchandise on her wedding day, March 14, 1992.

On Monday, Circuit Judge Harold Stumbo sentenced Mrs. Fouts, of Knott County, and Ms. Thomas, of Prestonsburg, to 30 days in jail, followed by one year of probation.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeanne Channell said the women could have faced up to five years in prison if the case had gone to trial under the original felony counts they were charged with.

Both Thomas and Mrs. Fouts, who appeared at the courthouse with her 7-week- old daughter, Danielle, declined to comment.

The women and a cousin, Bobby Roberts, were arrested in a mall parking lot in this town of 4,000 people just hours before Mrs. Fouts and her husband, Danny Fouts, were to marry.

Police said they found a $500 wedding dress and the other items in the trunk of their car.

The wedding was delayed seven hours while the women posted bail. The groom was not charged.

Roberts, 26, of Topmost, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor theft charges last June and agreed to testify against the others. He was sentenced to 90 days probation, but is serving an eight-year prison sentence for an unrelated crime. Channell said she was happy with the plea bargain.

″Because of the number of phone calls they’ve gotten in the circuit clerk’s office in the last few weeks, I thought there might be a little more media attention than we wanted in the courtroom,″ she said. ″It worked out for the best.″


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