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Guymon receives opportunity to wipe record clean

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A former Mitchell man often known for his vocal opposition of the Mitchell Board of Education was granted a suspended imposition of sentence Tuesday during court.

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Craig Guymon, 55, now of Platte, appeared in court nearly one year after being sentenced for voting twice in an election, a felony. In September 2013, Guymon was sentenced to 30 days in jail and to a two-year probation period.

Guymon voted by absentee ballot at the courthouse on Election Day 2013 — which by law was allowed until 3 p.m. — and again by regular ballot at the MCTEA polling place.

Guymon also obtained a new attorney, Brad Schreiber, who Tuesday spoke almost entirely for Guymon during the hearing. Guymon only responded the judge's questions with short answers.

A suspended imposition of sentence means if Guymon abides by all the rules of his one-year probation period, he has the chance to clear the felony from his record.

Judge Tim Bjorkman originally denied Guymon's request in September 2013 for a suspended imposition of sentence. However, this time around, he called Guymon a "model probationer." Despite that, Bjorkman denied Guymon's request for Bjorkman to suspend the rest of Guymon's jail time.

Guymon has 20 days left to serve on his staggered jail sentence -- 10 days in September 2014, and 10 days in September 2015.

If he continues to do well on his final year of a two-year probation period, the court can wipe the felony conviction from Guymon's record.

Guymon has a colorful past in Mitchell, usually regarding his disagreements with the Mitchell Public Schools system. In 2008, Guymon was accused of intentionally causing "a serious public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to another person by engaging in violent or threatening behavior ... or by making unreasonable disturbance," but said he did accost Tom Starr, head coach of the sophomore team.

Guymon is known for other strange behavior, too. His past escapades include sending mass mailers to Mitchell residents in which he claimed a Catholic conspiracy ring was manipulating the city; calling his opponents in a local election "spineless jellyfish," and maintaining a website called the Book of Guymon where he wrote long criticisms of public officials.

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