Barry Morphew was in a Salida courtroom yesterday where he pleaded guilty to forgery of a government issued document for voting with his missing wife’s ballot in the 2020 election and received a one-year deferred sentence and community service.
Morphew will have to do 32 hours of community service and will be on supervised probation. The charge he pleaded guilty to in Chaffee County District court in a class 5 felony.
Two other charges—attempting to influence a public servant and election mail ballot offense—were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Morphew was originally charged in this case when he told FBI agents who were interviewing him in connection with the case of his missing wife, Suzanne Morphew, that he “wanted Trump to win” and “I just thought, give him another vote,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Suzanne Morphew has been missing since May 10, 2020, from the Maysville area.
Barry Morphew was originally charged with first-degree murder in his wife’s disappearance, but the case was dismissed in April without prejudice, meaning he could be tried again if prosecutors refile charges.