Hennepin County Man Sentenced to 9.5 Years in Prison for Violent Armed Carjacking

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MINNEAPOLIS – A Hennepin County man has been sentenced to 115 months followed by five years of supervised release for a violent armed carjacking, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, on June 5, 2021, Jerome Lee Swanson, 21, approached an individual who was driving a 2005 Buick LaCrosse in Minneapolis. Swanson asked for a ride to a nearby location and,. when the victim and Swanson arrived, Swanson pulled out a pistol and pointed it at the victim, and demanded they give Swanson the vehicle. A struggle ensued and the victim was shot in the hip. Swanson fled from the scene driving the victim’s vehicle. Swanson was later apprehended with the vehicle and the pistol used to facilitate the carjacking.

Swanson pleaded guilty on July 8, 2022, before U.S. District Chief Judge John R. Tunheim to one count of carjacking and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Minneapolis Police Department

Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp prosecuted the case.