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Las Vegas wedding bigamist Garry Floodgate in jail term cut

Garry Floodgate
Image caption Garry Floodgate had met his third wife on the internet

A man who wed his Canadian bride in Las Vegas while still married to a woman in England has had his jail term cut.

Garry Floodgate, from Buckinghamshire, was caught after his wife saw photos of the US ceremony on Facebook.

The 54-year-old admitted bigamy at Northampton Magistrates' Court on 29 April and was jailed for 20 weeks.

Northampton Crown Court heard he "honestly believed he was divorced" and made immediate admissions. His sentence was reduced to 12 weeks on Thursday.

The plant driver, of Sandown Court, Bletchley, was still legally married to 26-year-old Rachel Floodgate, of Wellingborough, when he wed 55-year-old Sheila Siebert at the Circus Circus Hotel on 5 June last year.

The couple had met on the internet, with Floodgate visiting Ms Siebert when he was still going through divorce proceedings with Mrs Floodgate.

She called police when the photographs appeared on Facebook.

Floodgate told magistrates: "I thought I was divorced. I made a mistake. I had no intention of breaking the law."

The court heard a decree nisi was granted on 13 June 2012, eight days after the Vegas wedding, with a decree absolute granted in July.

Ms Siebert was attempting to get the US marriage annulled at the time Floodgate was jailed.

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