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A Slingshot And A Rifle Made This Woman Into A Single Mother

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After police barged into the home of Mel Jacob's, she and her young children were set on a journey that would take them years to get past.

The police weren't able to tell her that night what Patrick had been charged with.

Her husband, and father of her two young children had left the house that afternoon and later found himself behind bars.

The following day, the 43-year-old the mother of a five and two year old found out that her husband had been arrested for possessing and selling unlicensed weapons.

The 37-year-old would eventually serve two years of a four-and-a-half year prison sentence which stemmed from charges for possessing a slingshot, which was illegal in their state, and an unregistered rifle.

"The police, eight of them, knocked on our door one afternoon in January 2011. We were about to go on holiday," she said. "They said they had a warrant and needed to search the house. Patrick was locked up that night and our son, Nick, was desperate to know where he was."

Her reaction was as calm as she could muster given the situation.

"I was honest with them from the beginning," she said.

Mel decided to be honest with her kids, because with the police at their door, there was only so much she could hide.

"My son is an anxious child and the more you conceal from him the more he worries," she said.

She didn't have a chance to talk to Patrick right away, but when she did, he told her that he didn't realize what he had done to lead to his arrest.

Life in Prison

"My mother told me that I staggered out of the courtroom, pulling at my clothes and howling," Mel Jacob says in the book she ended up writing, In Sickness, In Health … and In Jail.

A judge had just revoked his bail and ruled that he would serve time in custody for his offenses related to prohibited weapons.

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