Man, 47, gets life for 2012 stabbing death

Published On: Jan 14 2014 10:25:54 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 14 2014 10:26:45 AM EST

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of John Swearingen


A 47-year-old Jacksonville man was recently sentenced to life in prison for the 2012 stabbing death of another man.

John Swearingen was convicted in November of second-degree murder with a weapon.

In March 2012, Swearingen, Richard Haddon and two others were hanging out at the Pirate's Cove beach area off of Heckscher Drive. During that time, Swearingen became angry with Haddon and began chasing him around a car with a knife.

Haddon tried to get away from Swearingen by climbing on top of Swearingen's car.

Swearingen continued to chase Haddon over the top of the car and then stabbed him in the head.


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