Rapist Appeal Denied 02 Aug 12

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has denied the appeal of the man found guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Fairfax more than 2 years ago. 27-year-old Matthew Fahey is currently serving a life sentence with no chance of parole until at least 2043. The crime occurred in May of 2010. He kidnapped the girl in Fairfax and drove her to a remote location in Brown County, where he sexually assaulted her before taking apart her cell phone and throwing it in a ditch and leaving her at the scene. She was able to put the phone back together and call for help. His denied appeal had requested that Fahey’s guilty plea be withdrawn. His attorney claimed the court made an error in denying a motion for a competency examination prior to the sentencing. The panel of judges supported the case that Fahey was competent to stand trial, and noted that the request was made too late and there was ample opportunity prior to the trial.