Double murder case to be heard in court again

Michael Swanson (file photo)
Michael Swanson (file photo)

HUMBOLDT, Iowa — A man sentenced to life in prison for the murders of two north Iowa convenience store workers will have his case heard again.

Michael Richard Swanson, 21, of St. Louis Park, Minn., was convicted in 2011.  He was 17 years old on November 15, 2010, when he drove to Algona and killed convenience store worker Vicky Bowman-Hall while robbing the store.  He then drove to Humboldt, where he robbed another convenience store and killed the worker, Sheila Myers.  He was later arrested in Webster County.

Swanson was sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder and robbery for the Humboldt crime.  He then pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and robbery for the Algona crime to avoid trial.  He received life sentences in both cases.

In 2012, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled an automatic life sentence could not be used for juvenile offenders.  Swanson’s defense then filed for re-sentencing hearings in each case.  That hearing has not yet been scheduled in the Kossuth County case.  A hearing in Humboldt County was scheduled for July 15, but that’s been delayed until March 3, 2015.

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