On April 18 only two days before he is to be resentenced - Jonathan Swapp will learn whether he will keep his lawyer.
J. Bruce Savage Jr., who represented the younger Swapp brother throughout the lengthy Singer-Swapp trial in federal court, has asked Chief Judge Bruce S. Jenkins to allow him to withdraw from the case.Savage wrote to Jenkins that the reasons are explained in two letters from Jonathan Swapp. He did not elaborate on the statement and the Swapp letters could not be located immediately by a court official.
Savage, who was appointed by the court to represent Swapp, said he could not comment on the matter before Jenkins rules.
Addam Swapp, Jonathan Swapp and Vickie Singer are to be resentenced April 20 under strict new federal sentencing guidelines. A hearing on the withdrawal motion is set for April 18.
Corrections Lt. Fred House was killed and FBI agents were assaulted during the shooting in January 1988. The incident started when the LDS stake center at Marion was blown up by dynamite.
Addam Swapp was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years on probation; Jonathan Swapp, Vickie Singer and John Timothy Singer were sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years on probation.
The sentences of all but John Timothy Singer are likely to increase in the resentencing.