Originally created 10/13/03

Police: Soldier has 5 marriages, 2 divorces



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A new bride got a call from a woman saying she was married to her husband.

When police got involved, investigators found records of five marriages but only two divorces for James Madison, an Army police officer stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga., police Detective Libby Roeser said.

Madison, 33, was released after being booked Thursday into the Pinellas County Jail on a charge of bigamy. He was assigned a public defender, whose office did not return telephone calls Sunday.

Madison married Cassandra Barnaby of St. Petersburg on Jan. 16, but he had married Rhonda Perkins three years before in Lakeport and didn't get a divorce, court records show.

Madison also married April Sather in Broward County in 1995 but didn't end the marriage, records show. Sather, who now lives in Alaska, hasn't seen Madison since their 7-year-old child was 6 months old.

In an overlapping marriage, Madison had two children with Petra Madison, mother of two of his children. They divorced in 1998.

Six months later, he married Starr Sharon and got a divorce in 2000. His marital records became known when Sharon pressed for child support, the Tampa Tribune reported.