Guilty Verdict in Swanson Trial

By: Lori Jane Gliha
By: Lori Jane Gliha

Susan Swanson showed no emotion when a jury convicted her of impaired driving causing death and leaving the scene of a deadly accident.

After less than 10 hours of deliberations, the jury presented the verdict to a courtroom filled with members of Alejandro Salinas's family. Salinas is the man Swanson hit with her car when he was walking along Grand River Avenue in Meridian Township during the early morning hours of July 31, 2002.

Swanson quickly exited the courtroom and posted 10-percent of her $20,000 bond after she heard the verdict. She remarked, "I'm very disappointed," as she left the courtroom.

Swanson's attorneys say it's too early to know whether they will appeal the case. They did talk to some of the jurors in the case after the trial was complete.

Meanwhile, prosecutors say Swanson now faces up to fifteen years behind bars when she is sentenced in November.

Salinas's family members hugged and cried in the hallway outside of the courtroom. They say they breathed a huge sigh of relief when the jury read the guilty verdict.


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