Posted by Trina Edwards - email
COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A Kenton County man is behind bars after pleading guilty to bigamy.
Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders says in April 2009, a Kentucky Department of Corrections officer was preparing a Pre-Sentencing Report on Jeremiah Scudder in an unrelated criminal case from Boone County. During an interview, Scudder stated he had been married twice.
The officer followed up the interview with a search of court records to verify the information. She was able to verify Scudder's two marriages, but noticed there was not record of a divorce.
Sanders noted that Scudder was living with his second wife in Crescent Springs, so Erlanger Police launched an investigation.
The investigation revealed that Scudder was married in October 2000 and lived with his wife until May 2008. The wife said she never participated in a divorce proceeding.
Marriage records then revealed that Scudder wed again in April 2009. Unable to locate a divorce proceeding that had been filed, much less completed, Erlanger police obtained a warrant for Jeremiah Scudder's arrest, charging him with Bigamy.
Jeremiah Scudder was indicted by the Kenton County Grand Jury in May 2009. He pled guilty on July 20. Sanders is recommending a sentence of 1 year probated for 3 years, consecutive to Scudder's Boone County Case where he received 2 years probated for 2 years on a Theft conviction. The two sentences equate to a sentece of 3 years probated for 5 years.
"The Defendant will have to clear up these problems he created before he gets off probation," said Sanders, "but assuming the Defendant does what he should have in the first place, he won't be taking up any of our beds in prison."