EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois—A southwestern Illinois man who grew up without his once-incarcerated dad says he won’t be following in his father’s footsteps. And to help make the point he just got married by the federal judge who had sent his dad to prison.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Donald Brown Jr. tied the knot about two weeks ago to his childhood sweetheart in U.S. District Judge William Stiehl’s East St. Louis courtroom.
Brown was just 9 when Stiehl sentenced Donald Brown Sr. to 12 years in prison for drug dealing.
Now, Air Force-bound Donald Jr. plans to attend law school, having studied many proceedings in Stiehl’s courtroom. It’s during that time that Donald Jr. learned from his dad that Stiehl was the one who ordered the elder Brown to prison.