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Fahey gets life in newspaper carrier kidnapping, sex assault case

OLIVIA -- Matthew Fahey was sentenced this afternoon to life in prison, with the possibility of parole, for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 14-year-old newspaper carrier in Fairfax.

The sentence, including a minimum of 33 years and eight months in prison, plus a lifetime of supervised release if Fahey is released from prison, was handed down by District Judge Randall J. Slieter in Renville County District Court.

Fahey was sentenced three felony counts, for criminal sexual predatory conduct, kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct for the May 4, 2010 early-morning incident.

He pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to the charges and the court subsequently ruled Feb. 9 that the abduction and assault met the legal standard for a "heinous" offense, and that other aggravating factors were present in the commission of the crimes.

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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