Swem Sentenced In Shawndell Anderson Stabbing Death

Swem Sentenced In Shawndell Anderson Stabbing Death

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Christopher Swem was sentenced to about 25 years behind bars for stabbing and killing 30 year old Shawndell Anderson last year.

Swem was sentenced in Jefferson County Court Friday morning to 24 years to life for murder. He will serve an additional one-and-a-third to three years for a tampering with evidence conviction.

He'll serve sentences for four other charges -- including assault and weapons possession -- at the same time as the murder sentence.

Anderson's family said they are happy with that sentence.. The prosecution is too.

"They lost a loved one, you can never replace that. There is nothing we can do or the court system can do to bring back their loved one, The only thing we can do is mete out some justice for them and I feel like we did that today," said Patricia Dziuba, chief assistant district attorney.

During sentencing Swem claimed his trial wasn't fair. He blamed the judge, witnesses, and prosecutors, whom he called "psychopaths." Swem also pointed out that during the trial no witness said they saw Swem with a knife, no murder weapon was ever identified and there was no confession.

He was convicted in July of fatally stabbing Anderson during a party at 220 Moulton Street in Watertown in August 2017.

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