Greenwood Arsonist to Spend the Next Three Decades In Prison

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee April 30, 2010

Kevin Todd Swalwell—the man accused of setting a string of fires in the Greenwood area, which caused millions of dollars in damage and destroyed several businesses—has pleaded guilty to arson charges and will spend the next 30 years in prison, where the only thing he'll be able to set on fire is his mattress.

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Swalwell -- a homeless man who spent at least 12 of the past 26 years in prison on arson convictions -- was arrested in November.

While many of the conflagrations failed to cause significant damage, several -- including a three-alarm fire that tore through a Shoreline building Friday morning -- resulted in significant loss of property and, in at least one case, injury.

Swalwell had been in the cross hairs of a multi-jurisdictional task force charged with investigating the arson string for some time before his arrest.

Task force personnel heading to the early morning fire on Nov. 10 at a vacant furniture store in the 16500 block of Aurora Avenue North in Shoreline spotted Swalwell, who had been seen near three earlier fires, walking nearby. Police called to the location arrested Swalwell, who was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of arson.

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