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Judge officiates wedding of former heroin addict bride he once sentenced

Judge officiates wedding of former heroin addict bride he once sentenced (ABC News)

A Minnesota woman who was sentenced to jail when she was eight months pregnant for drug use was married more than three years later by the same judge who sentenced her.

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Jennifer Jensen, 24, of Shakopee, Minnesota, married Bill Jensen, 27, last month in an outdoor ceremony attended by friends and family, including Jennifer Jensen's 3-year-old son, Jackson.

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Scott County Judge Chris Wilton married the couple in a setting that was far different than the first time he met Jennifer Jensen, in March 2014.

"I didn't know Jennifer from any of the participants I had on my calendar that day," Wilton said of the day an eight-months pregnant Jennifer Jensen appeared in his court for a probation violation stemming from drug use.

"What I remember distinctly were two things, first that she was obviously pregnant and, second, that she was clearly using," he said.

Wilton sent Jennifer Jensen to jail that day, but he welcomed her back into his courtroom one week later.

Jennifer Jensen has stayed sober and, with her husband, started the first Heroin Anonymous group in her area. She also stays in regular contact with Wilton and visits his courtroom to inspire others.

When the Jensens were married on Oct. 7, Wilton got to preside over a happy time for Jennifer Jensen outside of the courtroom.

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