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Appeals court: Murderer improperly sentenced to alcohol treatment

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SPOKANE — A Chelan County judge must reconsider her sentence of substance abuse treatment for a Chelan man found guilty of shooting his best friend to death.

But Steven M. Swinford’s 22-year prison term for the 2011 killing of Paul M. Raney was allowed to stand under the state Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday.

The higher court said Judge Lesley Allan did not enter a formal ruling that Swinford, now 23, had a chemical dependency when she ordered him at…

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