Leader of ’88 polygamous standoff released

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Addam Swapp, the man whose bombing of a Mormon church building sparked a 13-day standoff that left one officer dead, has been released from prison after more than 25 years behind bars.

A Utah Department of Corrections spokesman says Swapp was accompanied by family members as he was released from a county jail this morning.

Swapp was granted parole in April after serving time in state and federal prison for his role leading the 1988 standoff at a polygamous compound in Marion, Utah.

The state Board of Pardons says the 52-year-old Swapp accepts responsibility for his actions and shows remorse.

At a September parole hearing, Swapp apologized and said he wanted use his freedom to live peacefully and “be a blessing to my fellow man.”

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APPHOTO UTSAC301: This undated photo provided by Utah Department of Corrections shows Addam Swapp on July 3, 2013. Swapp, the man who bombed a Mormon church building and sparked a 13-day standoff in 1988 that left a corrections officer dead at a polygamist compound, was released from prison on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, after more than 25 years behind bars. Swapp, 52, was accompanied by family members as he left Sanpete County Jail three months after members of the state board of pardons and parole approved his release, saying he had shown remorse for leading the standoff in Marion. (AP Photo/Utah Department of Corrections via The Salt Lake Tribune) (9 Jul 2013)

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