Before a packed courtroom Thursday, Kelly Marlow, Robert Trim and Barbara Knowles were each sentenced to 10 years of probation and 60 days of jail time, to be served in the first year. And in an odd twist, Marlow, the now former Cherokee School Board member, and Trim, her political adviser, may be getting married in the next week.
During sentencing it was announced that Marlow and Trim, long suspected to be a couple, had been engaged since December. That was after Superior Court Judge Ellen McElyea issued their sentence, with the condition that they could have no contact with one another during their probation.
McElyea suspended that portion of the sentence for one week, in case they wanted to wed.
Marlow, Trim and Knowles, the now former Cherokee GOP Secretary, were convicted Saturday of lying to police, falsely accusing Cherokee Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo of trying to run them over with his car June 13, 2013.
The trio will not be allowed to come within 500 feet of Petruzielo or have any contact with him. They also are not able to have involvement in local politics or do work on campaigns, meaning that Trim’s long career as a political adviser is over for at least a decade, according to terms of the sentencing.