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Three sentenced to prison for 2013 slaying of Citrus Heights man

Jeffrey Douglas Powell
Jeffrey Douglas Powell

Three men have been sentenced to prison for the slaying of a Citrus Heights man whom they mistook for his son.

Jack Swaim, 52, was killed Jan. 5, 2013, in the living room of his home on Stonehand Avenue in Citrus Heights.

On Friday, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet sentenced Andrew Johnson, Christopher Langlois and Jeffrey Powell for their roles in the murder, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Johnson, 30, was sentenced to 27 years in prison as part of an agreement to cooperate with law enforcement officials and testify about the events leading up to Swaim’s death.

A jury found Langlois and Powell guilty of second-degree murder. Langlois, 31, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison and Powell, 31, who also was found to have used a knife in commission of the murder, was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.

The defendants, along with another man, kicked in the door of Swaim’s home about 6:30 a.m. and brutally attacked him, authorities said. Swaim died of a stab wound to the chest suffered during the attack. The assailants reportedly were looking for Swaim’s son, James, who had been involved in an earlier altercation with Johnson.

According to testimony at trial, the younger Swaim suspected Jackson of trying to break into his truck in the middle of the night. After a brief altercation with Johnson, James Swaim chased Johnson to a nearby 7-Eleven store and beat him using brass knuckles.

Johnson recruited Powell, Langlois and another man to back him up in the planned retaliation at the Stonehand Avenue residence. Johnson kicked in the door and the four men rushed into the living room of the house. where they found the older Swaim asleep on the couch and attacked him.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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