November 8, 1988
Three members of a polygamist clan pleaded not guilty in Coalville, Utah, to charges of second-degree murder in the slaying of a Utah corrections officer during a shoot-out that ended a 13-day armed standoff between the clan and law officers. "I'm absolutely innocent, not guilty of all charges," Addam Swapp, 27-year-old leader of the clan, told 3rd District Judge Michael Murphy. Swapp's brother Jonathan, 21, and John Timothy Singer, 22, also pleaded not guilty.
September 18, 1988 |
On the morning of Oct. 15, 1985, two bombs claimed the lives of a Salt Lake City businessman and a devout Mormon housewife. Rumors of corporate fraud, death squads and religious wars swept the city as police geared up for the largest criminal investigation in the history of Utah.
September 3, 1988 |
A federal judge on Friday sentenced polygamist clan ringleaders Addam Swapp and Vickie Singer to minimum prison terms for a church bombing and two-week police standoff at a rural compound that ended in a law officer's death. U.S. District Judge Bruce Jenkins, who decried federal mandatory sentencing laws governing bombings and firearms, imposed terms of 15 years in prison for Swapp, 27, and five years for his mother-in-law, Singer, 45.
May 10, 1988 |
A federal jury Monday found polygamist Addam Swapp and three members of his clan guilty of 20 counts stemming from the bombing of a Mormon chapel and a 13-day standoff with police officers in which a corrections official was killed. The jury, after deliberating 25 hours over four days, found clan matriarch Vickie Singer not guilty of one count of attempted murder of FBI agents and two firearms counts, including possession of a sawed-off shotgun.