A 25-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of his 75-year-old grandmother, who was found lying on the floor of her Westminster apartment.
An Adams County jury convicted John Swenson on Thursday in the death of Linda Shomberg, who was found in her apartment in a senior housing center Dec. 9, 2019. She later died at the hospital.
District Attorney Brian Mason (said in a statement that police checked on Shomberg after a caller told them that she had not been able to contact her mother for several days. When police found her, the woman was bleeding from her head and was unresponsive.
Swenson had been staying with his grandmother after he was removed from a halfway house, Mason said. Her neighbors told police that three days before they checked on Shomberg, they had heard continuous loud, pounding noises coming from her apartment.
The investigation determined that Swenson brutally beat his grandmother because she had expressed displeasure with how he was living his life, Mason said. The medical examiner concluded the woman suffered a stroke and the assault and blunt-force trauma to her head contributed to her death.
“This brutal crime shocks the conscience,” Mason said “The defendant’s brutality against his own grandmother was truly unspeakable. I appreciate the jury returning a just verdict in this case.”
Swenson will be sentenced at 1 p.m. May 10. A first-degree murder conviction carries a life sentence without the possibility of parole, according to the district attorney’s office.
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