Jury Finds Mondragon Guilty On All Counts

Troy Mondragon could spend the next four decades behind bars after a jury finds him guilty on all counts. Attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, and second-degree burglary. Mondragon who claims he was suffers from mental illness and thought the victim in this case was Satan sat just as though he did throughout the trial rocking and twitching in his chair as Judge David Bottger read the verdict. Mondragon stands convicted of stabbing then 38-year-old Nate Swartzell late in the evening of March 22nd 2003 at a home in the one hundred block of South 11th Street. Swartzell was stabbed 27 times, and survived. The jury deliberated for nearly eight hours. For the attempted murder conviction Mondragon could be sentenced to a maximum of 48 years in prison, but he could face even more time for the other felonies. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 8th.