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Utah polygamist bomber Addam Swapp released from parole supervision

Prison » Addam Swapp spent 17 years in federal prison and another seven in state custody.

First Published Sep 02 2014 02:41 pm • Last Updated Sep 03 2014 10:02 am

Addam Swapp, the polygamist who bombed a Mormon chapel in 1988, setting off a 13-day standoff that resulted in the death of a state Corrections officer, has been released from federal parole supervision.

U.S. District Judge Bruce Jenkins signed the release order after a hearing Friday.

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Swapp, 53, spent 17 years in federal prison and another seven in state custody before his release in July of 2013.

Events that led to Swapp’s imprisonment began in January of 1979 when polygamist clan leader John Singer was shot and killed by police officers attempting to serve a contempt-of-court warrant. Singer, who allegedly pulled a gun on the officers, had refused to send his children to public school.

Swapp later married two of Singer’s daughters. Believing he could topple The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that had excommunicated Singer and also resurrect Singer, Swapp detonated 87 sticks of dynamite in the LDS Kamas Stake Center on Jan. 16, 1988.

That set off a 13-day standoff at the Singer/Swapp compound in Marion that resulted in the shooting death of Utah Corrections Lt. Fred House.

Addam Swapp is still under state supervision. His parole from a Utah sentence began on July 9, 2013, and is scheduled to end three years from that date. His parole supervisor says he is doing "excellent," according to Corrections spokesperson Brooke Adams.


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