Murderer Michael Swanson smiles his way to two life sentences
|Swanson took two lives, and got two life sentences.|
Swanson, 18, got a life sentence for the murder of Sheila Myers, and another for killing Vicky Bowman-Hill. The St. Louis Park teenager creeped-out nearly everyone by smiling and laughing during his arraignment, and as the jury read out a guilty verdict, was still smiling yesterday.
"I wouldn't smile at me," Kossuth County Judge David Lester said. "I still have jurisdiction over you, young man."
Lester used that jurisdiction to give Swanson his second life sentence in a matter of hours.
|Swanson smiled as he heard his first guilty verdict.|
Then, just hours later, Swanson pleaded guilty to killing Bowman-Hill, and got another life sentence.
By the time cameras recorded him pleading guilty to murdering Bowman-Hall, Swanson wasn't smiling anymore.
Before he's given a new permanent residence, Swanson will spend a month in an Iowa prison, where he'll be evaluated for substance abuse, security risk and mental health.
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