A Pittsburg resident who pleaded no contest to felony charges of pimping out his so-called girlfriend is set to marry the victim during his sentencing hearing in a San Mateo County courtroom this afternoon.
Foster Shane Gaines, 37, could face 8 years in state prison depending on the outcome of the “sentencing and marriage” scheduled for 2 p.m. in Redwood City.
The prosecution originally objected to the courthouse wedding, but Judge Joseph Bergeron denied that objection.
“If she wants to marry him, there is little that we can do to stop it,” Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.
“The court can issue a no contact order, but it's almost futile in a sense,” she said. “How will they stop the contact if he is serving a prison sentence? I suppose the prison could refuse to allow her in, but I think it's hard to imagine that they could keep her from calling or writing.”
Gaines and his victim were apprehended through a sting operation conducted by the South San Francisco Police Department and the Human Trafficking Task Force. Officers contacted them through the now-defunct prostitution website MyRedbook and arranged a “date” at a local hotel.
Gaines already has one strike against him from a prior conviction for shooting two people, for which he served 13 years in state prison. His defense attorney, John Halley, could not be reached for comment this morning.