North Idaho

Man seeks leniency in stabbing sentence

SANDPOINT, Idaho - A North Idaho man sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing his wife and their unborn child is asking a judge to reconsider his parole restriction.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports 27-year-old Jeremy Keith Swanson of Priest River is asking for the possibility of parole after 20 years. A hearing is set for Nov. 12.

Swanson pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree murder for the December 2012 stabbing death of his wife, Jennifer, and their unborn daughter.

District Judge Benjamin R. Simpson based his September sentence on the uncertainty over Swanson's ability to be rehabilitated and a psychological evaluation that found him to be a "high risk" to the public.

Swanson's motion argues he suffered from untreated depression with psychotic features at the time of the killings.