Jefferson ties the knot from prison

Billy G. Jefferson Jr. is set to begin his prison sentence on Tuesday, and he’ll have a new bride waiting for him on the outside.

Billy G. Jefferson Jr.

Billy G. Jefferson Jr.

The developer was married during his incarceration this spring while awaiting sentencing for a real estate tax credit scheme and other crimes that could land him in prison for more than three decades.

Jefferson married Lynn Tyler Roberson on May 6, according to the marriage document filed in Hanover County.

The ceremony happened the same day Jefferson was indicted on a second slate of federal felony charges related to a scheme to flee the country with a false identity.

It’s unclear whether a formal ceremony was held at the prison facility.

Officials from Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County, where Jefferson was being held at the time, would not comment on the wedding. The U.S. Marshals service, which is in charge of keeping the prominent Fan landlord in custody while awaiting sentencing, also would not comment.

Roberson declined to comment when reached by phone Friday.

A marriage license for Jefferson, 52, and Roberson, 50, was issued in Hanover Circuit Court on May 5. The document says the marriage took place the next day in Hanover County.

The document provides little information aside from names, birthdates and addresses for the bride and groom. Jefferson’s address is listed as his Monument Avenue home, which is now on the market.

Roberson’s address is in St. Simons Island, Georgia, a beachside town an hour or so north of the Florida state line.

The day after the May marriage, Jefferson appeared in federal court and pleaded not guilty to a three-count slate of charges related to a series of Las Vegas trips where he spent about $2 million and a plot to charter a flight to England before pleading guilty to historic tax credit fraud charges last year.

He pleaded guilty to two of those charges about a month later. The third was dropped in a plea agreement.

It’s the second marriage for both Jefferson and Roberson, according to Hanover county records. Jefferson was previously married to Leslie Jefferson. He has had a relationship with at least one other woman, a Las Vegas dancer he met during the 2008 Super Bowl, according to a Sept. 9 testimony from an investigator hired by Jefferson’s defense team.

That investigator testified that the woman estimated Jefferson spent about $500,000 on her in the six years since they met, including trips to Pebble Beach, Calif., and New York. The Las Vegas woman also said it wasn’t uncommon for Jefferson to give her $5,000 in cash whenever they would meet, the investigator said.

Jefferson is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday. He faces a maximum of 37 years.

The prosecution has asked for a 30-year term and the defense argued for a 12-year sentence. Presiding judge John A. Gibney will have the final say at tomorrow’s hearing.

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