ATLANTA – The man who was once engaged to the runaway bride has gotten married — to another woman.
John Mason, 35, married Shelley Martin, 34, in a quiet ceremony Saturday at his parents' home in Duluth, his father, Claude Mason, told People magazine for a story posted Tuesday on its Web site.
"We were very, very happy for him," said Claude Mason, who serves as an associate municipal judge and officiated the ceremony.
John Mason was thrust into the spotlight in 2005 when then-fiance Jennifer Wilbanks disappeared just days before their wedding. She turned up a few days later in New Mexico and initially claimed she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted. She later recanted, saying she ran away because of personal issues, and pleaded no contest to telling authorities a phony story.
She was sentenced to two years' probation and performed community service that included mowing the lawns at public buildings.
Wilbanks and John Mason ended their engagement and filed lawsuits against each other, which were later dropped.