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Jul 25, 2015 1:33 PM

Hampton man who fraudulently married couples gets sentenced


BRENTWOOD — A Hampton man who conducted several weddings while pretending to be a justice of the peace is going to jail, albeit briefly.

According to the Union Leader, Scott Baldwin, 55, pleaded guilty Thursday to forgery, tampering with public records and other charges stemming from officiating at weddings in 2009 and 2014. Prosecutors agreed to drop a felony witness-tampering charge.

But a judge rejected a plea deal that included no jail time. Instead, Baldwin will have to serve a weekend in the county jail as part of an otherwise suspended 12-month sentence that includes court-ordered treatment and counseling. He also must remain trouble-free and participate in community service.

If Baldwin fails to meet the terms of the deal, he faces a 1½- to 3-year state prison term.

Baldwin will begin serving his sentence on July 31 at the Rockingham County jail.

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