Daily Bee: Swanson Receives Life Sentence for Stabbing Deaths


The Bonner County Daily Bee reported a Priest River man was sentenced Sept. 9 to life in prison without parole for a baffling outburst where he stabbed his pregnant wife, killing both her and their unborn daughter.

Jeremy Keith Swanson, 28, displayed no visible reaction when the judge imposed the sentence, according to the Daily Bee. He chose not to address the court before the sentence was announced.

He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for repeatedly stabbing his wife, Jennifer, 27, as she lay in bed at their home on Dec. 18, 2012. Swanson entered a plea agreement which took the death penalty off the table.

The couple was raising a 20-month-old daughter and expecting another one on the way. They struggled financially, putting strain on their relationship. Family members helped keep them housed and their cars running.

Swanson clocked out of work on that Tuesday, drove to Priest River and bought an ice pick from a hardware store. The couple argued before she escaped to the bedroom. Swanson later attacked her with the ice pick and kitchen knife. He stabbed her 37 times. The gruesome crime continues to baffle family members, psychologists, the court and even the defendant.

Swanson has no prior criminal history or chemical dependency issues, nor does he have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

“I don’t find any reasonable probability that you’re going to be rehabilitated,” Judge Benjamin R. Simpson told him during his sentencing.