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Swimmer awaits sentencing for theft charges

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Kyro Antonio Swimmer, 21, of Polson, admitted to his role in a string of vehicle thefts and a burglary in Polson District Court on Aug. 12. 

Swimmer entered a plea of guilty to one count of burglary for breaking into the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ forestry building in Ronan on Nov. 29, 2019, and aiding in the theft of two chainsaws. 

He also pled guilty to several other incidents, including the theft of a red Chevy Cruz on Oct. 3, 2018, to the theft of a Chevy truck on Jan. 3, 2020, to criminal mischief for destroying private property on Feb. 10, to the theft of a one-ton Dodge pickup with its gooseneck trailer on March 25, to the thefts of a 2008 Pontiac G6 and a Subaru Legacy in May.

During the change of plea hearing, Judge James Manley told Swimmer: “Nobody likes a thief,” and he set sentencing for Sept. 30.

The plea agreement calls for 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with five years suspended on the burglary charge, and it also calls for three years at the DOC with no time suspended for criminal mischief and 10 years with the DOC with five years suspended for each vehicle theft. The vehicle thefts will all run concurrent to each other for a total of eight years at the DOC with 10 years suspended. Judge Manley is not bound by the plea deal.

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