Man convicted of bombing LDS chapel released

Posted at 11:03 PM, Jul 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-09 14:50:15-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Addam Swapp, convicted of his role in an infamous standoff with authorities that ended in an officer’s death, was released Tuesday morning after serving 25 years behind bars.

Swapp walked out of the Sanpete County Jail shortly before 7:30. He had been transferred there from the Utah State Prison.

Swapp served a 1-to-15 year sentence for manslaughter, after serving 17 years in federal prison for explosives charges.

Swapp, 52, has accepted responsibility and offered remorse for his crimes, the parole board noted in its decision to release him.

Swapp and members of the polygamous Singer-Swapp family held police at bay for 13 days back in 1988 at their compound near Marion, in Summit County. Swapp was convicted of bombing an LDS chapel in Oakley which he believed would resurrect family patriarch John Singer, who was killed by police back in 1979.

The standoff ended with the death of Utah Department of Corrections Lt. Fred House. Swapp did not fire the fatal shot; police said John Timothy Singer did.

Other members of the family involved in the standoff served time and have already been released from prison. John Timothy Singer was paroled in 2006; family matriarch Vickie Singer also served prison time.