Ore. inmate's friend: marriage request was stunt
Monday, August 15, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon woman says a marriage request filed by death row inmate Christian Longo wasn't serious. Keli Cannon of Portland says her friend Longo signed a form in June requesting permission to marry her to prove that the state Department of Corrections routinely denies his requests. In Cannon's words, "The bottom line is he and I are not engaged and we never were."
In 2003, Longo was sentenced to death for killing his wife and three children on the Oregon coast. In recent years, he has become an advocate for inmate organ donation, an interest Cannon says she shares.
The Oregonian reports that Cannon said Longo signed the marriage request form while she was serving an eight-month sentence for forgery and theft in Coffee Creek women's prison. She was released Aug. 3.
KATU-TV reports that the Corrections Department says Longo could reapply next year when Cannon has completed probation.