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James A. Thompson, Jr.

Sometimes law officers have to break up fights; sometimes they have to break up weddings.

Sgt. Wayne Connell of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office broke up a marriage Friday in the county courthouse because the would-be bride and groom were not even allowed see each other, let alone get hitched.

A county court clerk called Connell to the courthouse around 3:30 p.m. The clerk thought something was awry with a couple that was applying for a marriage license.

James A. Thompson, Jr., -- the would-be groom – was recently in court. He was charged Oct. 26 with domestic assault and he spent the weekend in jail.

In court Monday, deputy county attorney Austen Leighty said Thompson’s domestic partner, Molli Sailors, told police the couple quarreled and when she tried to walk away, he grabbed her arm, bruised it, hit her in the face and pushed her.

Police said her injuries were consistent with her version of the events. They arrested Thompson.

Thompson pled guilty when he appeared in court. Leighty told the court that Thompson would be a good candidate for probation. Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull let Thompson go on an “own recognizance’ bond, but with some terms, one of which was that Thompson was forbidden to contact Sailors.

When Connell went to the courthouse Friday, he verified that Thompson was out of jail on bond with a “no-contact” provision. County officials conferred. The county attorney’s office obtained an arrest warrant from a county judge. Connell served the warrant for bond revocation, broke up the couple and escorted Thompson back to jail.

Connell said he was just doing his job.

Thompson and Sailors had filled out the paper work and were ready to marry, Connell told the Bulletin.

In fact, a county court employee told the couple they could go ahead and get married, at least as far as the paperwork was concerned.

But Connell said otherwise.

“I told them they would have to do it another time; it is not going to happen today,” he said.

Thompson is back in jail, this time without bond.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 11/1/2013
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