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Judge rules heinous elements exist in Renville County kidnapping, assault case


OLIVIA -- A district judge has ruled that Matthew Fahey's abduction and sexual assault of a young newspaper carrier met the legal standards for "heinous'' and that other, aggravating factors were present in the commission of the crimes.

The ruling on Monday by District Judge Randall Slieter means that Fahey, 25, originally of Fairfax and more recently of Marshall, faces a mandatory life sentence in prison.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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