Christopher Hauptmann, 44, of Pennsylvania pleaded no contest to charges including bigamy, forgery and owning a firearm as a felon Thursday.
Judge Paige Rosini sentenced Hauptmann, who also has used Buckley as his last name, to a year minus a day to two years minus a day in prison followed by 10 years’ probation. He was given credit for 332 days he has been in jail, unable to post bail.
Hauptmann, who was scheduled to stand trial next week, is prohibited from having any contact with Shannon Deitrich, who he had wed in Florida in 2015 and who testified against him.
The bigamy count charged him with marrying Deitrich’s daughter, Kaylee Durovick, in September 2016 without having divorced Deitrich. Hauptmann and Durovick still are together.
The plea agreement also resolved charges of forgery and tampering with public records that were filed against him under the name Buckley in Snyder County. They were transferred from Snyder County Court, and accused him of using fictitious documents in 2010 to apply for a new Social Security number.
He still faces charges of illegal possession of a firearm, tampering with public records and unsworn falsification in Schuylkill County.
Those charges allege Buckley since 2011 purchased a rifle, shotgun and pistol at a gun shop in Ashland and later transferred the rifle and shotgun to his current wife.
He also is accused of answering “no” to a question on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms form that asks if the applicant had been convicted of a felony.
Hauptmann, owner of the former PA Bail & Recovery in Shamokin, has a felony drug conviction in New Jersey that prevents him from possessing firearms.
Northumberland County Detective Degg Stark said when charges were filed, fingerprints confirmed Hauptmann and Buckley were the same person.
A no-contest plea is not admission of guilt but is acknowledgment the prosecution had sufficient evidence to obtain a conviction if the case went to trial.