Groom Punches New Brother-in-Law at Wedding

Said "I do" at the wedding, then given the right to remain silent at the reception

By Matt Bartosik
|  Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 8:07 AM CDT
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It should have been one of the happiest days of one Northbrook groom's life. But after saying "I do" at the wedding, he had the right to remain silent at the reception.

Sean T. Kelly, 26, was arrested at his own wedding reception in July for punching his new brother-in-law and later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery.

According to police, a verbal exchange at the reception got out of hand, and a brawl ensued, leaving several people bloodied and bruised.

No surprises here, police say most of the people involved were intoxicated.

During the melee, Kelly punched his 30-year-old roommate, who was also his new brother-in-law.

As Kelly was being arrested, he asked the officers if he could give his brother some things out of the trunk of his car. It turns out those items were three rifles, three handguns, and 39 rounds of rifle ammunition.

That's one heck of a roadside kit.

But according to Kelly's attorney, the groom wasn't hiding them from police. Rather, he wanted to move them to a more secure location.

"[H]e was doing the right thing," said the attorney, reports the Daily Herald. "He didn't want to leave [the weapons] on the street. He was trying to be responsible."

Kelly was initially charged with six counts of possession of a firearm without a valid firearm owner's identification card (FOID) and one count of possession of ammunition without a FOID.

Kelly's attorney said the groom thought his FOID card, which had been revoked, was still valid.

In exchange for Kelly's misdemeanor guilty plea, prosecutors dropped the possession charges.

Kelly was sentenced Tuesday to two years' probation and fined $250.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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