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Priest River Man Appeals Sentence In Stabbing

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - A 28-year-old Priest River man continues his efforts to remove the parole prohibition from his life sentence for killing his wife and unborn daughter.
    
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1a9Cwu2) attorneys for Jeremy Keith Swanson filed notice on Nov. 20 that he intends to appeal the sentence to the Idaho Supreme Court.
    
Swanson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the Dec. 18, 2012, death of 27-year-old Jennifer Bosch Swanson and to second-degree murder for the death of their unborn child.
    
Earlier this month, District Judge Benjamin Simpson declined to reconsider the sentence.
    
Defense attorneys have argued that the sentence is excessive because Swanson was diagnosed as having a major depressive disorder with psychotic features.
    
Bonner County prosecutors have argued Swanson was shown leniency when the death penalty was taken off the table.

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