UPDATE: Guymon: 'My emotions overran my brain'
Craig Guymon, formerly of Mitchell, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail for voter fraud.
Guymon, who has since moved to Platte, voted twice in June's Mitchell school board election.
"I just wanted to express that on June 4, I made one of the most foolish decisions of my life," Guymon said Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. "It all boils down to frustration. My emotions overran my brain and my rational thought process."
Guymon also apologized for his case's use of court resources.
Judge Tim Bjorkman imposed a 180-day jail sentence but suspended 150 days on the condition that Guymon successfully complete a two-year probation period. Guymon will serve his jail time in 10-day increments at the Davison County Jail. He'll serve 10 days immediately, followed by 10 days in September 2014 and the final 10 days in September 2015.
After his sentencing, Guymon was taken to the Davison County Jail and was booked to serve the first 10 days.
Guymon's attorney, Ron Volesky, asked Judge Bjorkman for a suspended imposition of sentence, which would give Guymon the chance to wipe the felony conviction from his record if he successfully completes his probation. The request was denied.
"I don't think Craig has to be rehabilitated," Volesky said. "His punishment is the question. He has received a great amount of punishment already by the public ridicule, the stories in the paper, embarrassment to himself and his family. He's suffered a great deal already for this unwise event in his life."
Volesky said Guymon has no prior record and is a loving husband, caring father and successful businessman, and honorably served his country in the military for 17 years.
"He's proven to be a hard-working, honest, square-shootin' individual. He simply got caught up in a foolish situation," Volesky said.
Volesky's statement about Guymon's lack of a prior record doesn't reflect Guymon's colorful past.
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 noise" at a football game at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. Guymon denied making a public disturbance, but said he did accost Tom Starr, head coach of the sophomore team.
Judge Bjorkman stopped Volesky during his suspended imposition argument to address the 2008 incident. Guymon told Bjorkman he appeared on a disorderly conduct charge regarding the discussion between him and the coach. Guymon said the charge was dismissed and he signed an agreement to not attend any more football games.
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.
Despite denying the suspended imposition request for now, Bjorkman said he'll allow Guymon to make another request for a suspended imposition toward the end of the probation period, assuming Guymon's probation has been successful to that point. Guymon has operated an insurance agency and could have his insurance license suspended or revoked because of the felony conviction.
"I understand your comments here today and I believe you are remorseful," Bjorkman said during sentencing. "Whether you intended it or not, you gave the impression that your voice is twice as important as any other vote."
Bjorkman also ordered Guymon to pay a $1,000 fine, $104 in court costs and $91.84 in restitution, all within 30 days of Tuesday's sentencing. The restitution is to be made to Aurora Security Products LLC, of Letcher, for retrieving security footage from both the Davison County Courthouse and the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy building.
Guymon voted by absentee ballot at the courthouse on Election Day -- which by law was allowed until 3 p.m. -- and again by regular ballot at the MCTEA polling place.
Guymon supported school board candidate Rod Hall and also candidate Tara Volesky -- wife of Guymon's attorney, Ron Volesky. The winning candidates in the race for two seats were Deb Olson and Rick Johnson.