Josten Bundy, a 21-year-old from Texas, got into a fight with his girlfriend’s ex. According to Bundy, the ex was talking shit about his girlfriend and the pair threw hands. For his part in the altercation, Bundy was charged with a misdemeanor assault, and he pled guilty to the charge.
Here’s where things get worse for the guy who’s only guilty of defending his girlfriend’s honor:
The judge, Randall Lee Rogers, offered Bundy a choice that sounds straight out of a sitcom: He could go to jail for 15 days, which probably would have cost Bundy his job. Or, he could take two years of probation, with two notable conditions: As part of his probation, he’d have to copy out Bible verses every day, and more importantly, get married within 30 days.
Bundy chose to marry his 19-year-old girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes, despite the probable unconstitutionality of the sentence.
I would have easily chosen the 15 day sentence. Love of my life or not, that’s a ton of fucking pressure for a 21-year-old man. As it turns out, more than a few people are pissed about the sentence, including the bride’s father. He told CNN he was “really upset” and is trying to get the sentence overturned. The bride is totally fine with the outcome.
So either 15 days in jail or a possible life sentence for marrying the wrong girl, way too young. Seems like a no-brainer.