Members of the victim’s family, as well as Swain’s family, filled the courtroom Tuesday for the sentencing, including the children of both men.
“I just wish everything would have happened in a different way,” was the only thing Swain said to Farris, other than a series of “yes, sir” or “no, sir” answers to direct questions.
According to District Attorney Bill Adair, Swain shot and killed Joseph “in a fit of rage.” Joseph’s body was found by Jasper police shortly after he was reported missing. The body was located outside the city limits, so the case was handed over to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office. The two departments have previously credited the quick resolution in this case to the joint effort between them.
A portion of the plea deal requires that Swain give a full account of the shooting, which he is solely responsible for, and a full account of the attempted robbery that involved three other men. He will also be required to testify against the other defendants in that case. Also included in the deal is the provision that Swain was not involved in the murder last summer of Greg “Homie” Johnson, and that he provide the Jasper Police Department and the DA’s office with information regarding that murder.
Farris assessed fines, including a $2,500 court cost for each charge, attorney’s fees, a $1,100 combined bonding fee and $50 to be paid into the Crime Victim Trust Fund.
Farris also said that restitution, if any, would be determined at a hearing at a later date. Swain was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff’s Office following the hearing.