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Swansea man gets probation; attempted murder charged dropped

A Swansea man charged with trying to kill a man who his girlfriend accused of rape will serve 18 months of probation as part of a plea deal.

As part of a plea bargain, Jason Seibel was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months of intensive probation after after pleading guilty to charges of of aggravated battery and unlawful use of a deadly weapon.

Seibel also had been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. But both of those charges were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

“The ‘victim’ preferred we resolve that case with this plea for perhaps obvious reasons,” St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly wrote in a statement.

Seibel was charged in June 2016 with stabbing Paul M. Sweitzer. Seibel’s girlfriend had accused Sweitzer of rape in 2015. No charges were filed against Sweitzer in connection with the woman’s allegation.

Police say Sweitzer, 33, was doing yard work at his home in Fairview Heights when Seibel approached him and stabbed him repeatedly in the neck, chest and shoulder.

Along with the probation, Seibel owes Sweitzer $40,000 in restitution, and owes the court $750 for a probation fee.

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