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December 4, 2013

Prisoner faces felony voter fraud charge

Suspect cast absentee ballot from Minnesota Security Hospital

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Olivayes was arrested in February 2009 after he assaulted a man in a bar bathroom in Austin. He pleaded guilty to a first-degree assault charge in May 2011, but by that time he was already being treated at the Security Hospital.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison, but District Court Judge Donald Rysavy's sentence order said Olivayes could remain in the Security Hospital. It also said he would be required to serve the remainder of his sentence in prison if he was released from the hospital. He has been at the state prison in Rush City since May.

In April of this year an 86-year-old woman with Parkinson's disease and dementia was charged with voter fraud for voting twice, once by absentee ballot and once in person, at a 2012 primary election in St. Peter. That charge resulted in a diversion agreement that wiped the charge off the woman's record.

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