Addam Swapp, Vickie Singer and John Timothy Singer must be resentenced in federal court, with longer terms for the standoff and shoot-out at their homestead in Marion, Summit County, a year ago.
Two murderers - Vinton Bedoni and Thomas Cly - will not be eligible for parole on the year 2021 after all. Instead, they will spend the rest of their lives in prison for the murder of two Navajo tribal police officers.These are just two of the cases that the federal courts in Utah will be forced to reconsider, with sentences increased, following a ruling by the Supreme Court Wednesday. The court upheld the constitutionality of federal sentencing guidelines, which were disregarded by the Utah federal court in the sentences imposed on the Singers.
Because the guidelines are constitutional, said U.S. Attorney Brent D. Ward, Bedoni and Cly won't be eligible for parole - ever. Their life sentences will actually last for life.
The pair were convicted for the brutal murders of Navajo Tribal Officers Roy Lee Stanley and Andy Begay, which occurred on the Utah portion of the reservation the night of Dec. 4-5, 1987. The officers tried to break up an illegal beer party, but were shot and then burned to death.
On July 18, 1988, the entire U.S. District Court for Utah declared the guidelines unconstitutional. So have about 150 other federal judges.
After that time, sentences in Utah's federal court were imposed without regard for the guidelines' recommendations.
But by an 8-1 decision, they have been reinstated.