Michael Swanson Teen Killer Murders 2 During Robberies In Iowa

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Michael Swanson was seventeen when he would shoot and kill two clerks during two robberies. According to court documents Michael Swanson who is from Minnesota would travel to Iowa to rob a store where he would shoot and kill the store clerk. He would travel to another Iowa county where he would kill another store clerk. Michael Swanson would be sentenced to life in prison without parole. Since being in prison this teen killer has been convicted of attempted murder dealing with a violent assault on another inmate.

Michael Swanson 2019 Information

NameMichael Richard Swanson
Offender Number6658252
Birth Date05/11/1993
LocationIowa Medical & Classification Center
Commitment Date07/07/2011
Recall Date03/04/2089
Mandatory Minimum (if applicable)01/04/2089

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A man imprisoned for killing two North Iowa store clerks was in solitary confinement on Friday after attacking another inmate, officials say.

Michael Richard Swanson, 21, and fellow inmate Michael Ivester are charged with felony attempted murder.

Swanson, serving time for the 2010 shooting deaths of Vicky Bowman-Hall and Sheila Myers, slashed another inmate in the neck multiple times at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville on Nov. 13, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit.

The victim needed stitches to close 15 lacerations, the complaint states. A corrections officer and another inmate allegedly pushed Swanson off the victim.

Prison officials say Ivester also was involved in the attack. Officials would not identify the victim.

Swanson and Ivester have been separated from the rest of the prison population. They are not allowed to interact with one another or other inmates, said Iowa Department of Corrections Assistant Director Fred Scaletta.

No staff members were injured. The incident did not result in a lock down at the classification center, Scaletta said.PauseCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:00Stream TypeLIVELoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00Fullscreen00:00Mute

Swanson was imprisoned for the shooting deaths of Bowman-Hall, 47, of Burt, and Myers, 61, of Humboldt, on Nov. 15, 2010. 

Bowman-Hall was working at the Crossroads gas station in Algona. Myers was shot later that night at a Kum and Go in Humboldt.

A jury convicted Swanson of first-degree murder for Myers’ death. After the verdict, he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the death of Bowman-Hall. 

Initially sentenced to life in prison, Swanson was one of 38 inmates convicted as juveniles whose life-time prison sentences were commuted by Gov. Terry Branstad. 

Branstad made the move after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled juveniles could not be sentenced to life without parole.

Swanson, who was 17 at the time of the killings, will now be eligible for parole after serving 60 years in prison.

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    Michael Swanson is currently scheduled for release in 2089

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    • Jamie
    • March 24, 2020

    Found a crime show about Michael Swanson Teen Killer, from the mother’s point of view. She doesn’t mention that he sliced up an inmate in custody at age 21 as described in the “Other News” article, above.

    Evil Lives Here ~ I Tried to Prevent This (full)
    “Kathy Swanson feared her son, Michael Swanson Teen Killer, would one day harm someone. For 17 years, she tried in vain to convince people that something about Michael was different until the day came that her worst nightmare came true.”

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    • Maniatisa
    • March 29, 2020

    Okay, I just watched the Evil Lives Here episode on this kid. The episode is clearly slanted toward the mom, and although I do appreciate the mother’s belief that she did everything she could to try to get help for her son, I also believe that her culpability lies in the fact that she refused/refuses to believe that her son IS a psychopath. Because he is and NOTHING–not counseling, medication, or a group home–would have changed that. And while we, as a society, like to believe that everyone can be helped, reality has consistently shown otherwise, and many innocent lives have been and continue to be taken because of our inability to accept this fact.

    The only things that would have prevented this tragedy would have been if he had never been born, if he had been immediately and permanently committed to a psychiatric facility when his behavior began to escalate, or if someone had put a bullet in him before he had the chance to do it to someone else.

    The end.

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