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Theo Crowe Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Theo Crowe gets sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole, for his connection in the murder of John Swain.

Crowe is one of two men charged in the murder.

He changed his plea to guilty in October.

At his sentence hearing Tuesday morning, Crowe read a statement, addressing the family members of murder victim John Swain.

Crowe said, "I'm sorry for taking part in your loved one's death."

"My little brother was 18-years-old..." says Ben Swain, John's older brother.

18-year-old John Swain went missing in Bismarck in May of 2013.

A month later, his body was found on the property of Theo Crowe's grandmother in Montana.

Crowe pleaded guilty to the charge of murder in October.

"I don't think he should see another day of freedom in his life, because my brother will never breathe another day in his life." says Ben Swain.

At Theo Crowe's sentencing hearing, Swain's family members say that Crowe's actions "destroyed their family".

"The details of what happened are so unbelievably gory, still can't believe that it happened." says Jackie, John's cousin.

"You see these things on TV happen all the time and you never think it's going to happen to you and you took him away from us." says Jenny, John's cousin.

Crowe read a statement, addressing the family.

In it, he said that he wanted to give them closure and tell them the truth about what happened.

"I understand that anything I say or do cannot take back the fact that I'm one of two people responsible for the unthinkable act that was committed." says Theo Crowe.

"What has my client done since his arrest, he's been nothing but cooperate and do the right thing."

Crowe's defense attorney asked for a lesser sentence due to Crowe's assistance with law enforcement.

Prosecutors asked for a life sentence, with the possibility of parole.

"It's not difficult for the court to see what a heinous crime this actually was, undeserved, completely random."

"The community needs to be protected from Crowe, please sentence him to life."

The victim's family also asked for the maximum recommended sentence.

Justice for the loss of the young man who liked to ski and make people laugh.

"There's a hole in my family that will never be filled." says Ben Swain.

"He was a really good kid, too young to be a victim of something like this." says Jackie.

Crowe was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole because of his early guilty plea and later cooperation with law enforcement.

Plus, the testimony he will give against his co-defendant in this case

Joshua Clark is also charged with murder, a double-A felony.

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