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Swegle sentenced in bulldozer rampage

June 12th, 2014 - 5:32am

(Port Angeles) A Port Angeles man has been sentenced to just over two years in prison for plowing over homes, power poles and a pickup truck in May 2013 east of Port Angeles.

52-year-old Barry Swegle was sentenced to 29 months yesterday, five months more than prosecutors had recommended. Swegle plead guilty last month avoiding a trial.

Swegle admitted guilt to seven counts of first degree malicious mischief and three counts of gross misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Swegle has already been incarcerated more than a year.

Prosecutors say Swegle used a large bulldozer to level or damage four homes, smash a pickup truck and knock down power lines in an apparent dispute with his neighbor in Gales Addition.

Clallam chief criminal deputy prosecutor John Troberg says stronger, felony charges against Swegle couldn't be supported at trial with the admissible evidence.

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