Going to the chapel... In handcuffs

February 15, 2008 7:52:17 AM PST
It wasn't a typical Valentine's Day wedding. For one thing, the groom was in handcuffs.

Kevin Felder and Misty Johnson exchanged vows Thursday just minutes after Felder was sentenced to five to 18 years in prison for second-degree robbery.

"It's a decision between the two of us. I am sorry for what I did, and I want to be a better man when I come home," said Felder, who wore an orange jumpsuit.

Circuit Judge James Mazzone performed the wedding after sentencing Felder. He declined Felder's request to have the handcuffs removed during the ceremony.

"I'm sorry, but I can't allow that," Mazzone said. "You are in custody."

Felder took $340 during a convenience store robbery on Sept. 5, Assistant Ohio County Prosecutor Steven Vogrin said. Felder committed the robbery while he was on probation for a July 20 domestic violence offense involving Johnson, his then-girlfriend.

Johnson said goodbye to Felder as he was escorted from the courtroom.

"I love him that much," she said tearfully. "That's all I can say."