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Virginia Man Faces Bigamy Charges for Marrying 4 Wives Over 11 Years

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (CBS Washington) – One Virginia man is facing bigamy charges after marrying four women over the past 11 years and not divorcing them.

Isaac C. Custalow, Jr. faces charges of bigamy in Chesterfield, Henrico County and Virginia Beach, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Virginia authorities say that Custalow apparently left his wives when the marriage declined and didn’t bother divorcing them before deciding to marry again.

“Every time he married somebody, he was still married previously to one or more people. A lot of times with these marriages they just fizzle out, and they don’t officially divorce and later get married again,” Macie Pridgen, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, told the Times-Dispatch.

According to copies of marriage certificates obtained by the paper, Custalow first got married in October 2000. He then got married again in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

According to prosecutors, one of his wives committed suicide and left behind a note about how he mistreated her.

Jolynn Nassar’s daughter, Shannon Denton, was the latest woman to get hitched to Custalow.

“It’s just awful. He has wrecked the whole family,” Nassar told the Times-Dispatch.

Custalow is set to be sentenced in Chesterfield County on Nov. 28.  His trial in Henrico County is set to begin on Dec. 1 and he is also set to appear in Virginia Beach on Dec. 6.

According to Virginia state law, bigamy is defined as entering into a marriage while still married to another person. It is a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000.

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