Marriage was the sentence that a Texas man received after a judge ordered him to tie the knot, or go to jail for assault. Josten Bundy, was in court for punching his girlfriend’s ex boyfriend in the face, and when asked by the judge if she was worth the fight, the 21-year-old (obviously) said yes.
So the judge made Bundy a deal, get married and no jail for assaulting the guy (who Bundy says disrespected his woman). The judge also wanted him to write some Bible verses down and get some counseling. “He offered me fifteen days in jail and that would have been fine and I asked if I could call my job [to let them know],” said Bundy. “The judge told me ‘nope, that’s not how this works.’”
In July, a Smith County judge sentenced Josten Bundy to get married to his 19-year-old girlfriend as part of his probation, which also included writing Bible verses and getting counseling.
The court case stemmed from a February altercation between Bundy and the ex-boyfriend of his girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes.
“[The ex-boyfriend] had been saying disrespectful things about Elizabeth, so I challenged him to a fight,” said Bundy. “He stepped in and I felt like it was on and I hit him in the jaw twice.”
Bundy said the ex-boyfriend did not require medical attention, but pressed assault charges.
“I took matters into my own hands and I know that’s wrong,” Bundy said. “I know I was raised better, but it happened.”
At his sentencing hearing, Judge Randall Rogers asked Bundy about the fight.
“Is she worth it?” Judge Rogers asked Bundy, according to court transcripts.
“I said, well to be honest, sir, I was raised with four sisters and if any man was talking to a woman like that,” recalled Bundy, “I’d probably do the same thing.”
Judge Rogers asked Bundy if he was married to Jaynes and then said, “You know, as a part of my probation, you’re going to have to marry her…within 30 days.”
If Bundy declined to do the probation, he would be sentenced to 15 days in jail.
The father of the bride seems to be the only one unhappy here, possibly because his daughter is only 19, or maybe he does’t trust the justice system.“I contacted a couple of lawyers but they told me someone was trying to pull my leg…that judges don’t court order somebody to get married,” said Kenneth Jaynes.