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Fahey sentencing pushed back again

May 27, 2011
Marshall Independent

The sentencing date for a Marshall man charged with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old female newspaper carrier in Fairfax in May 2010 has been postponed for a second time because of an unspecified illness, the New Ulm Journal said.

The sentencing for Matthew T. Fahey, which is to take place in Renville County District Court, had previously been pushed to today from April 27.

Fahey, 26, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual predatory conduct, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct in the first degree in a two-day court trial on Jan. 25.

A felony criminal sexual conduct charge has dismissed in a plea agreement.

Fahey has been jailed since May 2010 when his unconditional bail was set at $1 million, $500,000 conditional.

The court ruled on Feb. 9 that the abduction and assault met the legal standard for a "heinous" offense, and that there were aggravating factors when the crimes were committed.

Fahey's original attorney, Joseph Parise of Moorhead, said Fahey apologized to the girl after the kidnapping and assault and said he needed treatment.

In court last January, the girl said that after she was assaulted, she jumped into the back seat of Fahey's car, opened a door, jumped out as the car began to move, landed on grass and remained still as he drove away.

The victim said she put together pieces of her cell phone that Fahey threw out his car window before he drove away, then called her mother who made a 911 call, enabling law enforcement to find her near a cemetery in northern Brown County, about 12 miles south of Fairfax.

Fahey testified that he's been bipolar for about five years and was taking prescription drugs and controlled substances before and after the kidnapping and assault.

 
 

 

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