Phoenix man gets 18 years in prison for shooting, killing brother-in-law

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – The Phoenix man who admitted shooting and killing his brother-in-law earlier this year was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison.

Police arrested Steven Lomax Jr., 33, for the murder of Richard Swann, 42, on Easter Sunday.

According to court paperwork, Lomax  spoke to a 911 operator and admitted shooting Swann, even shooting him again while speaking with the operator.

Police arrested Lomax without incident, at which time he told an officer, "I intended to kill my sister's husband."

Lomax told police killing Swann was the only way to end the abuse he says his sister endured for years.

In talking with Lomax, police learned that he had decided that morning to kill his sister's husband and went so far as to make sure that nobody, including two children and his mother, would be there.

"Steven told the others in the residence to go for a walk, retrieved a handgun from his bedroom, went into Richard's bedroom with the intent to kill Richard and shot Richard multiple times," reads the probable cause state submitted by police.

Police originally wanted Lomax charged with first-degree murder, which requires premeditation.

Lomax entered a plea of not guilty when he was arraigned in April. He later entered into a plea agreement that required him to plead guilty to a charge of second-degree murder, which generally carries a sentence of 10 to 25 years in prison.

Per the plea deal, Judge Daniel Kiley sentenced Lomax to 18 years in prison, which is two years more than the presumptive sentence for a first offense.