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Caretaker sentenced to 10 years in woman’s beating

January 27, 2018 GMT

KINGMAN — A Bullhead City man charged in the severe beating of a disabled woman was sentenced Monday to more than 10 years in prison.

Jeffrey Allen Swick, 53, pleaded guilty in August to vulnerable adult abuse by domestic violence. He had been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault of his girlfriend in May 2015.

Swick said the brain hemorrhage and bleeding of the brain suffered by the victim were injuries that didn’t exist. He also insisted the assault was a one-time incident and that the victim was the love of his life.

Swick also spoke of brain injuries he had suffered that led him to the assault. He also read a letter apologizing to the victim and said he was not in the right state of mind. Since being in jail, he has been sober from alcohol and opioids.

The victim’s mother, speaking by phone, said nurses and doctors at the Las Vegas hospital where the victim was taken said that they had never seen a body beaten so badly. She also said her daughter was afraid of Swick and that Swick would hit her in the head with a brush.

“I don’t think it’s safe for him to be in the community,” the mother said.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jacob Cote said aggravating factors included the infliction of serious injuries, emotional, physical and financial harm, the victim’s disability, and that the beating was done in a heinous and cruel manner.

Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss said that domestic violence abusers often shift the blame and that he had considered the reaction of medical staff at the Las Vegas hospital. The judge sentenced Swick to a stipulated 101/2 years in prison with more than two years credit for time already served. Weiss also set a restitution hearing for Feb. 23 that could amount to more than $20,000.

The case was reassigned to Weiss after Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe. Jr. rejected the sentencing limitations of the original plea agreement in July. The first plea agreement called for three to 91/2 years in prison.

Bullhead City police officers responded to a motel room on Highway 95 on May 19, 2015, after the victim said Swick had threatened to kill her. Officers found the then 42-year-old woman so severely beaten police first thought she was dead.

Swick had been in a relationship with the victim for more than seven years. He also was her caregiver for several hours a day. The victim suffered from multiple sclerosis and now is in a full assistance care facility in Missouri.