- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 17, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A man serving two life sentences in the South Dakota State Penitentiary has died following an illness, corrections officials said.

Edwin Swallow, 60, died Sunday in comfort care at the prison’s Jameson Annex. According to the South Dakota Department of Corrections.

Swallow had no chance for parole after he was found guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Cynthia Wilson and first-degree manslaughter for killing her 46-year-old father, Conrad Wilson, in 1982 at their Rapid City home. Prosecutors said the shootings happened when Swallow, then 23, and two others tried to rob Connie Wilson.

Swallow was also sentenced to 45 years in a Texas prison after pleading guilty to three count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, Argus Leader archives show.

Swallow committed the Texas crimes the year before the Wilsons were killed. He was sentenced in 1983 for the Texas case and indicted the next year by a Pennington County grand jury for the Rapid City slayings. A jury found him guilty of the Wilsons’ deaths in 1986.

The exact cause of Swallow’s death wasn’t released.

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