Williams sentenced for charges related to Swoveland shooting


One of the remaining defendants charged in the incident that led to the shooting death of John Swoveland Jr was sentenced in court on Thursday.

Daniel Williams pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal and carrying a handgun without a license. The gang enhancement charge was dismissed.

Williams was sentenced to six years on each charge to be served concurrently.

Two years of each sentence was suspended.

Williams must serve his sentence in direct placement with the SJCCC, instead of prison, at the level of supervision determined by SJCCC, beginning in work release.

Swoveland was playing in the front yard of 1002 Campeau Street around 6:32 p.m. on April 9 when he was shot in the head by a stray bullet fired from Coquillard Park.

Eight people were arrested and charged related to Swoveland’s death.

  • Robert L Griffin - At trial, a jury found him guilty of murder and attempted murder. Sentenced to 60 years in prison.
  • Tarez Buchanon - Pleaded guilty to attempted murder. Sentenced to 35 years in prison and 5 years probation.
  • Cedric Washington - Sentenced to 7 years for assisting a criminal with three years added for gang enhancement.  Must serve 6 years and first year of probation at DuComb Center.
  • Xavier Primm - Pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal. Sentenced to 5 years and 2 years probation.
  • Malcolm Buchanon - Pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal. Sentenced to 4 years (2 years suspended). Sentenced to 2 years probation.
  • Tyre Bradbury - Awaiting trial on aiding in murder charges with gang enhancement.
  • Joshua Maxwell Hodge - Awaiting trial for assisting a criminal charge.
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