- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A woman sentenced to life in prison without parole is asking a judge to set aside her conviction, saying her punishment doesn’t match her role in the crime.

An attorney for Heather Carlene Swain claims in a court filing that three others were more involved in the 2012 beating death of Ronnie Bradley.

A Washington County Circuit Court jury convicted Swain in 2014 of being an accomplice to capital murder and kidnapping. She received a mandatory life term without the possibility of parole on the murder charge and an additional 25 years on the kidnapping charge.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1Z5bT5g ) Swain also claims she received ineffective counsel, was punished for requesting a jury trial and may have been incompetent during her trial because she was taking prescription medications.


Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.nwaonline.com

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