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Parole date for Swapp denied

Published: Monday, April 30 2007 9:05 p.m. MDT

A parole date for convicted killer Addam Swapp — whose role in a 1988 standoff led to the slaying of a corrections officer — has been denied.

Citing the violence of his crime, the shooting death of Lt. Fred House and the extent of community fear, the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole denied Swapp's release and set another hearing for 2012, at which time he will have served 84 months in state prison for the slaying.

A hearing officer traveled in March to an Arizona prison where Swapp is serving one to 15 years on a manslaughter conviction. Swapp is serving his time there for security reasons and just began his sentence, having already served 17 years in federal prison for the Jan. 16 bombing of the Marion Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The bombing, carried out by the polygamist Singer-Swapp clan, sparked a 13-day standoff with police at the clan's Marion, Summit County compound.

A shootout ended with the death of House and wounding of Swapp.

The saga first began in 1979 when family patriarch John Singer was killed by police officers. The bombing of the stake center was intended to spark a confrontation that would lead to Singer's resurrection. Although it was Singer's son, John Timothy Singer, who shot and killed House, the parole board member noted at last month's hearing that it was Swapp who was ultimately responsible.

"You created an armed insurrection," Clark Harms said at the hearing. "Because of your actions, a police officer died."

Singer was paroled just last year after serving federal time and nearly 10 years of a manslaughter conviction.

Swapp described himself at March's hearing as a born-again fundamentalist who had found Christ and was sorry for his role in House's death.

Although Harms was skeptical at the expression of remorse during the hearing, several mitigating factors were acknowledged in the rationale sheet for the board's decision, including Swapp's acceptance of responsibility for the crime. Also noted was his lack of disciplinary problems.


E-mail: amyjoi@desnews.com

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