Priest River man appeals sentence in stabbing of pregnant wife

Priest River man appeals sentence in stabbing of pregnant wife

Priest River man appeals sentence in stabbing of pregnant wife

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- A 28-year-old Priest River man continues his efforts to remove the parole prohibition from his life sentence for killing his wife and unborn daughter.

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Jeremy Keith Swanson filed notice on Nov. 20 that he intends to appeal the sentence to the Idaho Supreme Court.
 
Swanson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the Dec. 18, 2012, death of 27-year-old Jennifer Bosch Swanson and to second-degree murder for the death of their unborn child.
 
Earlier this month, District Judge Benjamin Simpson declined to reconsider the sentence.

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Defense attorneys have argued that the sentence is excessive because Swanson was diagnosed as having a major depressive disorder with psychotic features.
 
Bonner County prosecutors have argued Swanson was shown leniency when the death penalty was taken off the table.

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