- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) - It was about a year ago when Jessica Przybylski met her future husband Edward Gomez on a work crew from the Chippewa County Jail on a painting assignment.

They had their day in court last week as family, friends and inmates came to witness their marriage at the Chippewa Falls courthouse.

While Przybylski is still behind bars, they both await the day they can be together forever, The Chippewa Herald reported (https://bit.ly/2aZLfHN).

Both Gomez and Przybylski got to know each other during the course of six months when they were out of jail. However, Przybylski went back to jail on drug-related charges and has spent months with strained communications with Gomez, which she said is one of the most difficult parts of having a relationship with someone in jail.

“Communication is hard,” Przybylski said. “This is the first time we’ve actually even seen each other in three months.”

She said she will be out at the end of the month when she goes to an inpatient drug rehab center, but neither wanted to wait any longer to have the wedding.

In arranging the wedding, Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said it wasn’t much different than a regular wedding.

First, the request was made by Przybylski to get married. She then asked to have Gomez meet with Kowalczyk, and finalize anything necessary, such as a marriage license and a judge willing to perform the ceremony.

Kowalczyk said it was the second time an inmate was married in his nine years as sheriff, and one of the people from that earlier wedding attended the wedding between Przybylski and Gomez.

Przybylski initially requested that four or five inmates be able to attend the wedding, but Kowalczyk said he extended the invitation to anyone who wanted to come, and five people turned into 11.

“I don’t think I’m putting anyone in harm’s way by bringing them out here,” he said. “This is going to make their day. They all have smiles on their faces - they all know Jessica.”

Gomez thanked Captain Ernan De La Rosa for his help in getting the marriage arranged and processed. He said once they’re both out, they plan to move and raise his five kids and her two kids together.

“We’re looking to move down south,” Gomez said. “Hoping to get away from all this and put this part of our lives behind us.”

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Information from: The Chippewa Herald, https://www.chippewa.com

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