After handing down a murder conviction, a judge presided over the killer’s wedding.
For April Santos, the sister of the victim, the ceremony was ludicrous. “I just don’t know why a judge would do that,” she said. “I’m lost for words.”
Judge Patricia Cookson presided over the trial of Danne Desbrow, the man who killed April Santos’s brother, Kevin Santos, in 2003. Desbrow claimed he was defending himself in a fight, but was convicted of first-degree murder after a witness came forward to crack the cold case.
Two weeks ago, Judge Cookson sentenced him to 53 years to life. Desbrow’s Attorney Stephen Cline after the sentencing, Cookson cleared the court — except for Desbrow’s family. Facebook photos showed what happened next. There were wedding rings. And smiles. The judge even brought a cake.
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