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Woman Who Fell for Photo Weds Convict

A Glendale woman has married a convicted murderer at a Canadian prison.

The bride, Judith Maleki, 48, fell in love with the inmate after seeing his picture in a supermarket tabloid, a prison official said Tuesday.

Because of rules at Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert, a wire-mesh barrier separated Maleki and the bridegroom, Daniel Gingras, 39, as a justice of the peace performed the ceremony Aug. 20 in the maximum-security lockup, said Susan Schigol, executive assistant to the warden.

Gingras is serving three life sentences for murder, including two committed after he escaped from a prison escort while on a day-pass to an Edmonton mall, Schigol said.

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After seeing Gingras’ photo in the tabloid, Maleki developed a relationship with the inmate through letters, then agreed to marriage.

Prison officials said the newlyweds were allowed some private time after the ceremony, but any physical contact was prohibited. They will have to wait a while for their honeymoon. Gingras will not be eligible for parole until 2013.


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