Washington man pleads guilty to bigamy in Facebook case


A Washington man whose wife discovered through Facebook that he had already married a second woman has pleaded guilty to attempted bigamy.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that 42-year-old Alan O’Neill says he’s “embarrassed and remorseful.”

Prosecutors charged O’Neill in March with one count of bigamy after his first wife learned of his second wife through a Facebook “people you may know” notification and alerted authorities. The second woman’s profile photo showed her and O’Neill dressed in fancy clothes and standing near a wedding cake.

A Pierce County Superior Court judge suspended O’Neill’s sentence on Thursday and got one year on probation.

Since the charges, O’Neill annulled his second marriage and is divorcing his first wife.

His first wife wrote a letter supporting O’Neill, saying the media coverage has been enough punishment.