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Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Forgery For Voting For Donald Trump With Missing Wife’s Ballot

A Colorado man who was once facing charges for the presumed death of his missing wife has pleaded guilty to voting for Donald Trump on her behalf in the 2020 election. 

Barry Morphew, 53, pleaded guilty to forgery on Thursday and was fined $600. As part of the plea agreement, he will avoid spending time in jail. 

Morphew told authorities that he wasn’t aware it was illegal to vote on behalf of a spouse. He claimed that he thought Trump could use the vote.

“Just because I wanted Trump to win,” he told an FBI agent, according to court documents. “I just thought, give him another vote. I figured all these other guys are cheating.”

Morphew’s wife, Suzanne, was reported missing when she didn’t return from a bike ride on Mother’s Day in 2020. 

Morphew, who asked for help finding his wife, refused to take a polygraph test following Suzanne’s disappearance. He was taken into custody in May of 2021 and charged with first-degree murder and other crimes. 

Prosecutors dropped the charges in April, right before Morphew was set to stand trial. The case was dismissed “without prejudice,” leaving the door open for new charges to be filed. District Attorney Linda Stanley said in the filing that investigators need more time to find Suzanne’s remains. 

Suzanne’s body has not been found. 

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