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WILLMAR -- A 27-year-old Atwater man made his first court appearance Thursday on a felony charge for allegedly voting in the November 2010 election while he was ineligible to cast a ballot.

Brandon Dale Whitcomb was released on his personal recognizance. His next appearance is April 21.

According to court documents filed by Whitcomb's attorney, John Mack, Whitcomb's mother, Donna Whitcomb, is the treasurer of Acton Township in Meeker County. She apparently checked the voter rolls to make sure her son was eligible to vote and informed him he was eligible.

Mack also filed a motion for dismissal because the state had failed to show that Whitcomb didn't know he was barred from voting due to his conviction for a high-speed police chase in August 2007.

According to court records and Tribune files, Whitcomb was sentenced in March 2008 on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

He received a stay of imposition on the sentence, under which the felony conviction would be reduced to a misdemeanor if he complied with the conditions of sentence.

Court records show the conviction was reduced to a misdemeanor on Jan. 18 and that he was discharged from probation on Feb. 4 of this year.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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