Convicted stalker gets 33 more months for sending victim letters from Minn. prison


WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man already serving prison time for harassment and stalking was sentenced Monday, Oct. 9, to 33 months in prison for violating a no-contact order.

Jason Jay Swart, 31, was given credit for 167 days already served.

The sentence was handed down by Kandiyohi County District Court Judge Jennifer Fischer after Swart pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating a no-contact order within 10 years of the first of two or more convictions.

Twelve other felony charges were dismissed.

The charges were filed while Swart was incarcerated in Lino Lakes, where he remains currently, according to the state Department of Corrections offender locator website.

According to the criminal complaint, Swart sent a woman multiple letters from prison, in violation of a no-contact order, between February and November 2016.

In the statement the woman told law enforcement that Swart views her as his property and that the letters are cryptic and she is afraid of what he will do when he is released from prison.

Swart has previous convictions including first-degree burglary, pattern of stalking conduct and two separate misdemeanor no-contact violations from July 2015, first-degree burglary from July 2016 and stalking from November 2016.

All of the convictions involve the same woman, according to the criminal complaint.