A man accused of marrying four women in the US has avoided jail after pleading guilty to bigamy and promising to behave himself for the next five years.
Michael Middleton, 43, married a Georgia woman in 2006, a woman from Alabama in 2011 and one from New Hampshire in 2013.
Despite that marriage leading to the bigamy charge, according to court documents, he then exchanged vows with a fourth woman in Kentucky in 2016.
Prosecutors say his motive was to gain access to their assets.
Middleton’s New Hampshire wife, Alicia Grant, blamed him for her changing her from a compassionate person into someone with a “not-my-problem” attitude” and said she was “satisfied” that he was facing consequences for his actions.
In court, Assistant Strafford County Attorney Michael Rotman read out a statement on her behalf.
It said: “When we got married six years ago, what I thought I had found in him was a life partner, someone that I could face life’s ups and downs with, someone my children could look up to.
“Instead I got six years of pain and misery as I tried to free myself from the prison of his lies and manipulations.”
Since his arrest in February in Ohio, Middleton has also faced violence charges in Maine.
As part of his 12-month suspended sentence, he was ordered to undergo screenings for domestic and substance abuse, and comply with any recommended counselling or programmes.
Later, Middleton was asked if he was sorry for his actions. He told reporters he felt “compassion and understanding” for Ms Grant after hearing her letter.
He said: “It was a good outcome. I hope to move forward with my life and everything, and abide by everything that was handed down to me.”
Source: SKY NEWS