Bride-to-be awaits Florida fiancé's parole after 32 years

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An 82-year-old bride-to-be will finally have the chance for her big day when her fiance is released from prison next month 32 years after they met.

The Tallahassee Democrat ( ) reports Wanda Pate hasn't seen fiance David Monroe Goodwin in six years, but talks to him on the phone four times a week. Goodwin has spent 40 years behind bars for his role in the murder of four people in Florida during a drug smuggling operation in 1977. Goodwin was initially sentenced to death even though he wasn't in the vicinity of the killings. He later received a life term and is due to be paroled May 2.

Pate tells the newspaper she never would have dreamed of falling in love with a prisoner, "but it happened."


Information from: Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat,