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Orchestrator of infamous Singer-Swapp standoff released from prison after 25 years

Published: Tuesday, July 9 2013 6:59 p.m. MDT

The bombing — on the ninth anniversary of Singer's death — was intended to spark a confrontation that would lead to Singer's resurrection. Instead, it launched a 13-day standoff that ended on Jan. 28, 1988.

John Timothy Singer, John Singer's son, was the one who actually shot and killed House. He was paroled in 2006 after serving federal time and nearly 10 years of a manslaughter conviction. The matriarch of the clan, Vickie Singer, was sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years of probation for helping orchestrate the event.

Before he was sentenced in 1988, Swapp told the court that God had revealed to him that he would not actually serve any time in prison and that Americans would be destroyed if they didn't repent.

But at his last parole hearing, Swapp apologized to everyone from law enforcement officers to the town of Marion to Fred House himself.

"If I could, I'd like to tell you, Fred, publicly, I'm so sorry for causing your death. I was so wrong with what I did, by blowing up the church and resisting arrest. I know now that you only wanted a peaceful end to the standoff. I'm sorry that I've caused you to miss out in the life of your family … especially in the lives of your children and the love and companionship with your wife. I hope somehow on the other side, God will let you hear these words from my heart. Dear Fred, I am so very, very sorry for causing your death."

It was during that hearing that Swapp said he was no longer a danger to society.

"I am fully determined to live a life of peace, to be a blessing to my fellow man. When I finally am buried and people reflect upon my life, I want it not to be what happened to me in 1988, but the man that I've become since I got out of prison so I can be a blessing to my fellow man. And that when people talk about me, it will be with love in their hearts, not as some radical, not as some fanatic, but as someone who truly reflected the teachings of Christ."

The parole board member conducting the hearing warned Swapp that he would need to continue to seek mental health treatment once he was released, particularly for treatment of radical theories and beliefs.

"Addam, whatever happens in your life, you do not want to start up with those type of deep held and radical thoughts. Because Addam, I'm here to tell you, if that starts again, you will be remembered as the guy from 1988," he said.

Contributing: Andrew Adams

Email: preavy@deseretnews.com

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