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Midland man charged with bigamy after remarrying day after 10th anniversary

Luis Humberto Plata was charged with bigamy, a third-degree felony. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

A 52-year-old Midland man has been charged with bigamy after police say he remarried a day after his 10th wedding anniversary with his first wife.

Police say Luis Humberto Plata intentionally married a woman last year in Midland County while still married to a woman who lived nearly 500 miles away in McAllen, according to a criminal complaint.

The investigation began on Sept. 18, when Plata's first wife attempted to call Luis' cellphone, but he didn't answer. The criminal complaint states that's when she got a call back—from Plata's second wife. The women "had a brief conversation about their situation" before Plata's second wife sent pictures of her wedding with Luis to Plata's first wife.

During an investigation, detectives learned Plata was married in Hidalgo County on Nov. 18 2006, then again in Midland County on Nov. 19, 2016.

During a phone interview with a McAllen detective, Plata said "he had been in an 'On and Off' relationship with [his first wife] since they married in 2006" and had assumed his divorce had been finalized when he remarried. It hadn’t.

Plata moved to Midland from McAllen in late 2014. Plata allegedly “never allowed” his first wife to visit him in Midland, and would instead visit her in McAllen approximately twice a month, the criminal complaint states.

Plata’s first wife filed for divorce on April 14, 2016, but the divorce process was not continued, according to the criminal complaint.

McAllen police issued a warrant for Plata’s arrest on Oct. 3 for bigamy, a third-degree felony.

Plata was booked and released from the Hidalgo County jail on Tuesday, according to jail records. He couldn't be reached for comment.

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