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Guymon to plead guilty to voting two times

Craig Guymon is pictured debating his fellow Mitchell school board candidates before the 2012 election. (Daily Republic photo)

Local man will admit voting twice, prosecutor says

A Mitchell man plans to admit voting twice in the June school board election.

Craig Guymon, 54, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of voting more than once in an election, a felony, according to Davison County State's Attorney Jim Miskimins.

In exchange for Guymon's guilty plea, prosecutors have agreed not to make a recommendation at Guymon's sentencing hearing.

"We'll leave the sentence to the discretion of the judge," Miskimins said.

Guymon and his attorney, Ron Volesky, will be free to recommend whatever sentence they think is appropriate at a change of plea hearing scheduled for later this month.

Guymon is accused of voting twice -- first by absentee ballot early in the day on Election Day, June 4, and then later by normal ballot at the polling place. Absentee ballots were allowed until 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Poll workers found Guymon's name in the poll book and then later discovered an absentee ballot with Guymon's name.

He faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

Guymon has unsuccessfully run for school board positions multiple times, but he was not a candidate in the June election. Instead, he supported candidates Rod Hall and Tara Volesky -- wife of Guymon's attorney, Ron Volesky -- but they lost in a four-way race for two seats. The winning candidates were Deb Olson and Rick Johnson.

Guymon is locally infamous for his sometimes bizarre behavior, including calling his opponents "spineless jellyfish" in a past school board debate, maintaining a website devoted to his opinions called The Book of Guymon, and sending postal mailers to all Mitchell residents claiming that Catholics are conspiring to manipulate the city.

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