Man who beat his grandfather to death with baseball bat in North Highlands gets 16 years to life
North Highlands — A person convicted of beating his grandfather to death with a baseball bat in North Highlands two and a half years in the past was sentenced to 16 years to life in jail, prosecutors introduced Monday.
Frank Swanson IV was convicted of second-degree homicide this October 26. The killing occurred on the evening of Thursday, March 26, 2020, alongside Bolivar Avenue.
The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office mentioned Swanson IV moved in with his grandfather, Frank “Pete” Swanson II in November 2019. The following March, Swanson IV grew to become indignant a few monetary scenario. At the identical time, he had discontinued medicine for bipolar schizoaffective dysfunction.
Swanson IV started destroying issues in the house, which led to Swanson II threatening to evict his nephew, prosecutors mentioned. The subsequent morning, a live-in guardian left to get a restraining order in opposition to the youthful Swanson. That identical day, whereas Swanson II was sitting in entrance of his laptop, Swanson IV approached him and exchanged phrases with his grandfather.
Prosecutors mentioned it was at this level that Swanson IV reached out to seize a baseball bat, then returned and repeatedly hit his grandfather in the top with it.
Swanson IV went outdoors the home to name 9-1-1 whereas his grandfather was unresponsive and slumped in a chair in entrance of the pc.
Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies responded and detained Swanson IV. Swanson II was rushed to the hospital the place he was pronounced useless instantly. He was 78.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office mentioned on the time that deputies responded to three requires service on the Bolivar Avenue dwelling the day earlier than and the morning of the homicide. Swanson IV was mentioned to be making a disturbance every time, however not committing any crime. The sheriff’s workplace mentioned he did not meet the standards for a 5150, so he was allowed to keep at dwelling.
According to on-line courtroom information, Swanson has a legal historical past courting again to 2008 with prices together with DUI, home violence in opposition to a partner, aggravated battery, little one endangerment and assault with a lethal weapon.
In 2014, Swanson IV used a picket desk leg to beat his pregnant spouse whereas she was carrying their different little one, prosecutors mentioned. For this he obtained a three-year suspended sentence and went to the psychological well being courtroom, which he completed in 2018.