Church bomber denied parole
May 2, 2007
The man who bombed a Mormon church near Kamas in the ’80s was denied parole Monday after apologizing for his crimes on March 9, according to the authorities.
"They’ve scheduled a rehearing to take place in September 2012," said Jack Ford, a spokesman for the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, in a telephone interview Tuesday. "When that date rolls around, we’ll make a decision at that point about whether to parole him or not."
Addam Swapp, who is 46 years old, remains incarcerated in Arizona, having served two years of a possible 15-year sentence for manslaughter for participating in the killing of Lt. Fred House, an officer with the Utah Department of Corrections.
"I think that’s a wise decision by the parole board," Kamas Mayor Lew Marchant said Tuesday.
As a high councilman at the time in the Kamas Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marchant was one of the first to see the damage Swapp caused when he bombed a church near State Road 32 with dynamite.
Swapp served a 15-year federal sentence for blowing up the building. But since a 13-day standoff at the polygamous compound in 1988 he insists he will "pursue peace."
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"I would never touch another gun again," Swapp told a member of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole in March.
Though another man, South Summit resident Tim Singer, was convicted of firing the shot that killed House, Swapp led members of the family into the confrontation, according to parole board member Clark Harms.
"We have reports about what happened exactly, so the board draws inferences from those reports," Ford said, adding that board members reviewed a document called a rationale sheet before making their decision.
Swapp claimed he believed police unjustly killed John Singer, his father-in-law, in 1979. Upper Loop Road was closed during the standoff two decades ago.
"During that 2-week siege I think it was just an unbelief, people just couldn’t believe that this was happening in our protected, little valley," Marchant said at the time of Swapp’s hearing in March.
Swapp’s sentence is scheduled to end in 2020, Ford said.
Associated Press contributed to this story.