Michael Swanson laughs, flips off reporters at murder conviction

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WCCO caught the defiant killer on tape.
Michael Swanson laughed for the cameras when he was arraigned after a grisly double homicide in Iowa last fall, and the 18-year-old from St. Louis Park smiled and flipped off reporters today when he was convicted of killing Sheila Myers.

News reports say the jury had barely deliberated an hour when it came back with the guilty verdict, evidently never believing Swanson's defense that he was mentally ill and not responsible for his actions.

Swanson's mother gave heart-wrenching testimony yesterday during the trial about her son's trouble-plagued, mentally-ill life. Today she was crying as the verdict was read -- and her son smiled.

Then he laughed and raised a pair of middle fingers as he was led away. WCCO has the video:

The family released a statement today read by Pastor John Nelson of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins. It read in part:

"We want to express our deepest and most profound sympathies and condolences for the families, extended families, friends, and communities that were affected by this horrible tragedy. What happened on November 15th was truly devastating to all of the families involved."

"As parents, nothing has prepared us for this type of a tragedy. We had previously sought assistance and tried to get help for our son Michael, whom we love and we are heartbroken by these events. We hope the trial will present the desperate realities some families face whose children suffer from mental illness."

The Des Moines Register says Michael Swanson will be sentenced to life in prison at a later date. And he still faces a separate trial in the murder of Vicky Bowman-Hall.

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Guest
Guest

He's mentally ill, and the victims famly members are a bunch of stupid fat asses. They're all costing the tax payer huge amounts of money. He needs to me put in a mental institution, and they need to dropped in the middle of a jungle. 

Urtopher
Urtopher

I hope we can get a video of this PUNK getting raped in prison and see if he is still smiling and laughing. I hope he is gang raped on a daily basis and lets see how funny he thinks that is... lol..........lol..............lol..........lol...........lol............lol...............lol...............lol.........lol  

JonnyBgood2me
JonnyBgood2me

The insane argument is valid only if the person has completely and utterly lost their ability to rationalize.  This guy is just a crazy - he knows what he did, and he knows the consequences.  It's much like a gang committing murder or rape - like most of them do.  They laugh, they smirk.  I'd like to see the parents pay into the system more to keep their son alive - or enable them to sign away his death but only after a few years in jail.

Jail needs to be the very basic aspects of life - for life sentences.  real basic.  Someone should maybe small his skull open and feed his brains to the birds - but then again, such is life.

Ssgt Michael Roberts
Ssgt Michael Roberts

i wonder how much he'll be laughing and smiling when some big,burly multi-tattooed lifer with nothing to lose makes him the cell block sweetheart,guess he wont be smiling too much then.

swmnguy
swmnguy

If our legal system doesn't consider this kid insane, than I really have to question our legal system.  This kid is so far out there even the professional witness shrink hired by the prosecution testified that the kid had no idea he was doing anything wrong.  I'm uncomfortable with the enormous industry--the largest in the world--based on imprisoning people in America

That said, maybe prison is the right place for him. His parents had him in and out of every psychological treatment program they could afford in our system that bankrupts people before treating them, and current psychology seems to have no idea how to "fix" monsters like this.

Sarah
Sarah

That what lifer's look forward to, a smirking piece of fresh meat.  Enjoy the sodomy Mikey.

ExCorrections
ExCorrections

How could "Social Services" miss a wacko like this? Why do we pay them? Complete System of a down. Wake Up People. Start commital proceedings against these psychopaths. Get with it. Those who failed on this case should be fired.

Oscar
Oscar

Why do we waste money imprisoning someone like this for the next 50 years. Kill this piece of crap and save everyone the time and money.

Erica
Erica

Hope he enjoys spending his life behind bars.

zerofor
zerofor

You'd be amazed how much $$$ it costs to execute someone.

Flapjack
Flapjack

1 bullet @ $20 for 50 rounds of 9mm (Winchester White Box): $.402 seconds of work for the executioner @ $50/hour: $1.66Landfill Space for his useless corpse: Free

So, I'll gladly throw a $5 bill at this issue.  The state can even keep the change.

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