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Dallas man sentenced to 25 years for hammer murder following K2 binge

July 1, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Dallas man  sentenced to 25 years for hammer murder following K2 binge

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A Dallas man who used a hammer to murder his friend following a drug binge was sentenced to 25 years behind bars on Thursday.

The Dallas Morning News reported that 21-year-old Naing Myo Swe was convicted for the March 19th murder of 19-year-old Anthwan Clinton.

The jury reportedly deliberated for five hours on Tuesday evening and delivered the verdict at 11 p.m.

As the victim’s family waited for the entire duration of deliberation for the decision to be announced, his mother was disappointed with the sentence.

The victim’s mother, Ketenia Clinton, said after the hearing, “I’m relieved with the guilty, but I’m not satisfied with the sentence … Murder is murder.”

Ketenia and her son Reginald Clinton, who were the first to discover Anthwan’s body, both testified in court last week.

According to the suspect’s testimony on Monday, Anthwan allegedly attempted to assault him sexually before the hammer attack. Swe added he, Clinton, and two other friends went on a binge smoking PCP and K2 at his apartment that day.

Swe said “We were like zombies,” and that the victim grew violent and appeared “possessed.”

The suspect said when he came back home, Clinton followed him and punched him to try and gain entrance. Swe reportedly ran inside the house, hid in the closet for a bit, and then proceeded to run out with the hammer.

Swe admitted that he swung the hammer hitting Clinton in the back of his head and continued to strike him. He added that he began to cry after he noticed that Clinton stopped moving.

“I just killed a dude … I felt like his soul stuck with me,” Swe testified.

A couple of days after the murder, Swe and his friend, A. Soe, who has been charged with tampering with evidence related to the killing, were apprehended trying to cross the U.S. border at the Laredo border checkpoint. After being questioned by FBI agents, Swe confessed to the murder.

The officer who interviewed Swe at the border testified in court last week, saying that Swe told him a different story. During questioning, Swe stated that Clinton attempted to assault him sexually and that they fell asleep together after the incident.

Swe said that he was still upset about it when he woke up in the middle of the night and started beating Clinton with a hammer and then put a pillow over his face.

On Monday, Swe adamantly denied that he attacked Clinton as he was sleeping and tried to suffocate him with a pillow.

Defense Attorney Bruce Anton believes that when She finishes serving his sentence, he will likely be deported to Myanmar, his home country because he is currently in the U.S. illegally.

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