NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A man wanted for felony bigamy in New Hanover County is now facing sanctions from the military.
Army Sergeant Timothy Pennock married Kelly Butler in Wrightsville Beach last year.
He told her it was his first marriage, but she later found out it was his 4th, and he is still married to wife number 3.
Wrightsville Beach Police took out warrants for Pennock's arrest, but haven't been able to serve them because he is in California with the Army National Guard.
The Army has been conducting it's own investigation for months, and Sgt. Pennock's commanding officer has just recommended that he receive an other-than-honorable discharge.
That's not the same as a dishonorable discharge, but would mean Pennock would be stripped of his rank, and lose most of his benefits. Pennock would also be ineligible to serve in the military again.
The separation hearing is slated to take place in June or July.
Even though there are outstanding warrants for Pennock's arrest in North Carolina, a military spokesperson said they would not get involved in extraditing Pennock here because it is outside of their jurisdiction.
So far, the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office has said it would not pay to extradite Pennock, because they say the cost of bringing him here is greater than the financial damage he caused by committing bigamy.
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