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Marriage Overlap Brings Bigamy Charge

Posted April 4, 2008

— A Johnston County man faces charges for bigamy, but he's lucky it's not two counts.

Police in Selma say Patrick Foye failed to divorce his first wife, before marrying another woman in 1998. He then separated from his second wife and got married again this year, before his second divorce was finalized.

Bigamy is a Class "I" felony that carries a maximum of five years in prison.


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  • djofraleigh Apr 4, 2008

    The first wife could have charged him, but apparently isn't. The problem isn't that he married too many women, but that he DIDN'T divorce before marrying. Why not a common law divorce law? Oh, common law marriage is gone, isn't it?

    Now, had he NOT married, as many don't, then he wouldn't be in this fix. The wife, in this case the second, was harmed and can press charges. How really, was that second marriage valid if he had never divorced the first wife? Get a lawyer, dude.

    Mormons, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, do NOT allow plural marriage, and will kick anyone out of the church who has one.

    In an age when plenty of people are clamoring for same sex marriage, which has no precedent, why is no one saying plural marriage has Biblical support and defending it? There is a better case for plural marriage. IF an Islamic man legally immigrates can he bring his 3 wives? It is an ancient religious right. Will the state descriminate against religion?

  • Brogden Apr 4, 2008

    If you want to know who brought the DA into this mess, I would start with a visit to the not-yet ex-wife!!!

    Remember - hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!

  • bushretard Apr 4, 2008

    What kind of idiot would even want this many wives?

  • cool_rocker999 Apr 4, 2008

    People should be able to have as many wives as they want. Hurray for the Mormons

  • anti-Hans Apr 4, 2008

    My question is why? How any man could take it to be married to two at once - WOW - that man needs to have his head examined. One is tough enough.

  • dougdeep Apr 4, 2008

    Most criminals would just kill the first wife, but this guy took the hard route.

  • momof2 Apr 4, 2008

    At work--that was waaay too much thinking for a Friday afternoon:) I will have to read it again on Monday!

  • Tax Man Apr 4, 2008

    I wonder what this guy really did that would cause the DA to come after him for Bigamy? There is more to this than just the fact he got married while still married to one or two others.

  • SailbadTheSinner Apr 4, 2008

    Perhaps he’s just poor with paperwork ....


  • What_I_Think Apr 4, 2008

    How would a person confirm whether or not the person they're hoping to marry isn't already? What if the marriage took place in another state? When I got married I seem the recall the form basically saying "we'll take your word for it". Just curious, especially considering it took a third "marriage" for this to be discovered.