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May 08, 2013 12:00 PM

WHEN IT AIRED: September 2004

WHO HE PICKED: Mary Delgado

Byron Velvick knows he was an unlikely candidate for the show. “I was a divorced, 40-year-old bass fisherman. Why pick me?” he says. Viewers watched Velvick’s journey end with a proposal to realtor Mary Delgado on the finale, but their five-year romance ultimately imploded. In 2007 Delgado was arrested on a battery charge (which was later dropped) after hitting Velvick, and in 2008, she was busted for public drunkenness. “It was an unfortunate situation,” says the San Antonio-based Velvick, now 48, who called things off in 2009. Now a dad to daughter Kamber, 21 months, with fiancée Belinda, Velvick hosts the Outdoor Channel’s Guides’ Eyes. As for his Bachelor romance? “We took a leap of faith, but it just didn’t work out.”

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