Arsonist Gets Sentenced to 30 Years
SEATTLE, Wash. - A homeless man who pleaded guilty to 11 counts of arson for a string of fires in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison. Kevin Swalwell apologized in King County Superior Court for the pain and trouble he caused. The 46-year-old has a history of mental illness and said he had been off his medications.
The fires burned restaurants and other small businesses, causing more than $2 million in damage. One man suffered burns. Swalwell was arrested Nov. 13 near the scene of a three-alarm fire that destroyed a vacant warehouse in Shoreline. He pleaded guilty April 30. Swalwell has previous convictions for arson and was under community supervision by the Department of Corrections last fall when the fires were set.
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