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Swanson Gets Life in Prison


Michael Swanson is going to prison for the rest of his life.

Jillian Bowman would like to know if the 18- year-old Minnesota man is sorry for what he did.

What Swanson did was murder Bowman's mother, Vicky Bowman Hall, and Sheila Myers within hours of each other at two different Iowa convenience stores on November 15, 2010.

The two women, both store employees, were in the wrong place at the wrong time. First, Swanson killed Sheila Myers at a convenience store in Humboldt County. Later that same day, Swanson murdered store clerk, Vicky Bowman Hall, at a store in Algona. In court Thursday, Swanson confessed to the murder of Vicky Bowman Hall.

Swanson told the court, "I was armed with a fire arm. I demanded money and cigarettes from the clerk and then, intentionally and deliberately and with premeditation, shot the clerk, causing her to die. I did this with specific intention to kill her."

The Judge told Swanson, "You're evil. You committed an evil act. You deserve to spend the rest of your life in prison."

Another Judge told him, "Two months into your 18th year you have four gray walls to look forward to for the rest of your life."

Following his sentencing in Humboldt, Swanson appeared in a Kossuth County courtroom, where he pleaded guilty to murdering Vicky Bowman Hall.

In her victim impact statement, daughter Jillian Bowman told Swanson, "I hope you suffer everyday you are in prison. How could you do what you did to my Mom and my family. I want to know if you are even sorry. Are you sorry for what you did?''

Watch video from the courtroom.

Online Reporter: Ron Steele





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