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San Diego judge performs wedding, cuts cake for killer after handing out lifetime sentence

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The family of a murder victim is outraged after a San Diego Superior Court judge performed a wedding, and handed out cake, for the killer and his new wife minutes after sentencing him to prison for life.

The family of Kevin Santos has asked Judge Patricia Cookson to explain herself and threatened to file a complaint with the California Commission on Judicial Performance, the Associated Press reported.

Danne Desbrow was sentenced on Sept. 17 to a maximum term for killing Santos in 2003. The mother of his child said she asked Judge Cookson if she would perform their wedding at the sentencing, and the judge agreed.

Destiny Desbrow said the judge even gave the newlyweds two slices of cake that the judge had baked after vows were exchanged, U-T San Diego reported.

Santos' relatives said they appalled when they later learned about the ceremony.

"It was just wrong," Santos' younger sister, April Santos, said. "That day was not for him. That was our day, that was Kevin's day."

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