Trials & Litigation

2 Ex-Wives Unite to Get Dad Tried in $481K Child-Support Case; Judge Nixes State's $10K Plea Deal


Two ex-wives who combined forces to track down Stephen Wayne Cantrell expressed joy Monday at news that a Massachusetts judge has nixed a state-approved plea deal that would have allowed him to be released from jail in exchange for paying $10,000 of the $481,000 he owes in past-due child support.

Brockton District Court Judge Paul C. Dawley said Cantrell would have to put $50,000 down in exchange for a two-and-a-half-year prison term with all but one year suspended, according to the Boston Herald and United Press International.

Cantrell’s lawyer Steven Goldwyn told the judge his client “has no money.” But his first ex-wife, Cindy Cassidy, told the judge she believes he owns two North Carolina bars.

Cantrell is among some of the state’s highest-owing claimed deadbeat dads. He is scheduled to go to trial in September.

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