A Texas judge told one young couple in July to get hitched or have the bridegroom face 15 days in jail for a misdemeanor charge, according to KLTV.
Smith County Judge Randall Rogers told Josten Bundy, 20, to marry his girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes, 19, within 30 days or go to jail for 15 days after Bundy punched Jaynes’ ex-boyfriend twice in the jaw, the television station reported.
The probation agreement also included writing Bible verses and getting counseling, in addition to the mandatory marriage, according KLTV.
According to court transcripts cited by the station, Rogers asked Bundy at the sentencing, “Is she worth it?”
“I said, well to be honest, sir, I was raised with four sisters and if any man was talking to a woman like that,” Bundy told the station, “I’d probably do the same thing.”
Bundy and Jaynes immediately scheduled a time with a justice of the peace and applied for a marriage license because Bundy was worried he would lose his job if he missed 15 days.
“He offered me fifteen days in jail and that would have been fine and I asked if I could call my job (to tell them),” Bundy said, according to the station. “The judge told me ‘Nope, that’s not how this works.’ ”
Most of the bride and groom’s family members were unable to attend because of the short notice.
Watch the video, from KLTV, below: