Greenwood / Shoreline arsonist sentenced to 30 years in prison

Saturday, May 29, 2010

 Shoreline Fire at Discount World courtesy Shoreline Fire Department

From the

A man who last year set 10 fires in Greenwood and one fire in Shoreline was given an exceptional sentence of 30 years in prison in King County Superior Court on Friday morning.

Kevin Swalwell apologized for setting the fires and blamed his actions on his mental illness. His lawyer said Swalwell hears voices that tell him to set fires.

Swalwell has been convicted of arson six times in the past, and he was under community supervision by the state Department of Corrections when the series of fires were set last summer and fall, mainly in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood.

The mentally ill arsonist was captured when task force officers who had seen him at the Greenwood fires saw him in Shoreline the night of the fire here at the Discount World building.

Coincidentally, three of the torched Greenwood businesses had Shoreline owners or other locations in Shoreline:  The Rosewood Guitar, the Pho Tic Tac, and the Olive You Greek restaurant.


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