A 43-year-old Danielsville man simultaneously married to two women in 2014 was found guilty Thursday of bigamy in Madison County Superior Court.
During a bench trial, Judge Jeffrey Malcom found Danny Lee Bradley guilty of bigamy and false swearing. The judge then sentenced Bradley to five years on probation.
The evidence showed that Bradley married Casey Geiman in Jackson County Probate Court on Feb. 14, 2014. Two days later he began a relationship with Ellie Bradshaw and married her on May 3 in Madison County Probate Court, according to Northern Circuit District Attorney Parks White.
Bradshaw knew nothing of Bradley’s marriage to Geiman, White said.
Madison County Probate Judge Cody Cross, who married Bradley and Bradshaw, later discovered the marriage to Geiman was still valid and he reported this to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, where an investigation resulted in Bradley’s arrest.
Bradley testified in his defense that he believed his marriage to Geiman was annulled, because she moved back in with a former boyfriend, but White said he acknowledged he took no steps to determine the validity of the annulment.
“Assistant District Attorney Sam Small tried the case and should be commended for his diligence in pursuing a conviction for an offense that largely concerns only a violation of the public morals,” White said.
“Though the Supreme Court has decided that the definition of marriage can be changed via judicial fiat, the law remains the law, and the state of Georgia maintains an interest in ensuring that no person can enter into two marriages at the same time,” he said.
In an interview at the time of his arrest, Bradley said he previously ran into problems with women, including two unidentified women who fraudulently posted his picture on the website Cheatersville.com.
“I tell you what,” he said, “I’ve been run through the ringer.”
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