DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota man convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Iowa convenience store clerk will be sentenced to life in prison next week.

The Des Moines Register reports that 18-year-old Michael Swanson will receive Iowa’s mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole Thursday in Webster County.

Swanson was found guilty in the Nov. 15, 2010, death of Shelia Myers at a Kum & Go store in Humboldt.

Swanson told police he shot Myers in the face at point-blank range. Defense attorneys argued that Swanson, who laughed as the jury’s verdict was read, was legally insane at the time of the shooting.

Swanson is also accused of killing another convenience store clerk and will stand trial in that case July 27 in Lyon County.

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Comments (11)
  1. Timmy says:

    So taxpayers are going to spend thousands of dollars for him to laugh the rest of his life in prison. Idiot. They should probably just hang him so they don’t need to trial him again.

  2. Mike says:

    Ya’ll ain’t quite as funny now.
    oh – who am I kiddin’
    Y’all funny

  3. kidding me now?? says:

    I volunteered the rope weeks ago and even offered to drive it down. It’s been soaking to ensure a nice snug fit with just a hint of stretch to allow a few wiggles and kicks and maybe a word of remorse. Aaaah – who is kidding whom.
    He’s the devil … insane, hardly ,,, just friggen evil in man shape.
    Death Death Death

  4. Todd says:

    Well the fu king smile will be wiped off his face now.

    1. fred says:

      it mite be hard to smile while playing the bagpipe……don`t drop the soap, smirkboy!

  5. Idiot says:

    He’s not going to be smiling when Bubba has his 12″ member poking his stomach

  6. Bryan says:

    Bubba’s new butt puppet and life in prison, now that’s funny ya’ll.

  7. Matt says:

    Where’s the like button

  8. What??? says:

    He might be smiling now, but he has no idea at 18 how long life w/o parole is. My guess is that he will spend a couple of years in prison and find out that it is not as fun as he thought it would be and will be found hanging by his shoe laces. No matter how tough or evil he may think he is he has no idea the kind of animals that he will meet in a max security prison. The gangsters that he will meet will not think he is hard because he shot a defenseless woman that worked at a convenience store in the face. Sad no matter how you look at it for the victims here, but in the end, rest assured he will not be smiling.

  9. we says:

    Hey smirkmen who is laughing now I hope you live a long and miserable existence and get everything you have coming to you and more!!!

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