Inmate weds before being transferred to Department of Corrections

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

BOLIVIA—Luis Miguel Gamboa-Gomez and his new bride Lisa Dismukes accepted their vows of marriage like any other couple during their wedding.

But, unlike most nuptials, there was no kiss to conclude the ceremony, which Chief Magistrate Martha Bryant officiated just after 5 p.m. Tuesday at the county’s register of deeds office.

The newlyweds were unable to touch at all during the brief wedding ceremony.

As Dismukes agreed to love her husband, for better or worse, until death parted them, Gamboa-Gomez, in handcuffs and shackles, was flanked by two Brunswick County Detention officers.

Gamboa-Gomez, 26, an inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Center, has been at the detention center for 383 days, and is waiting to be transferred to North Carolina Department of Corrections, where he will serve a three to three-and-half year sentence for cocaine trafficking.

After the wedding, Dismukes said the nuptials were something the two had been planning to do, and she was thankful to marry Gamboa-Gomez before he was transferred to the department of corrections.

But it took a court order for Dismukes, 44, of Wilmington, to be able to marry her husband.

In a March 3 court order, signed by Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, it was ordered Gamboa-Gomez “be escorted by a detention officer or deputy of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department to the Brunswick County Clerk of Court’s Office, Brunswick County Register of Deeds’ Office and/or the Brunswick County Magistrate’s Office so that the following may be completed prior to defendant being transported to the department of correction: any and all documents, applicants and/or oaths in order for defendant to obtain a marriage license and to complete a marriage ceremony by a magistrate of Brunswick County,” the order reads.

Gamboa-Gomez pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine Feb. 26, and Lewis sentenced him to 35-42 months in N.C. Department of Corrections. After Gamboa-Gomez pleaded guilty, his attorney Bonner Stiller made a motion in open court that Gamboa-Gomez be allowed to stay at the Brunswick County Detention Center for a few more days, with the intent of marrying his girlfriend, Lewis explained.

“He was a first-time offender. It takes days sometimes before Department of Corrections picks up a prisoner. It doesn’t happen immediately. It was not unusual that he would be in jail one or two days extra,” Lewis said.

“No one has every made the request before, but I was not upset by it. There was no objection by the district attorney’s office,” she said.

In addition to Gamboa-Gomez’s sentence, on his judgment Lewis recommended the N.C. Department of Corrections notify The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigrations and Customs Enforcement about Gamboa-Gomez.