VIROQUA — A Readstown man will serve 30 years in prison for stabbing a woman in the neck multiple times in 2016, according to court records.

Shayne Swadley, 24, also will spend 10 years on extended supervision under the sentence imposed Friday in Vernon County Circuit Court.

Swadley on May 26 stabbed Christine Mazilauskas, 45, because he said “he wanted to see what it was like to kill someone,” according to the complaint. He said he approached Mazilauskas from behind and cut her throat in the bedroom of a mobile home at Pine Crest II Mobile Home Park in De Soto.

The victim was able to call 911 and identified Swadley as her attacker.

Authorities believe Swadley was under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine and did not have a motive for the attack.

Swadley pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide.


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My guess is that prison is going to be a nightmare for this guy. Old to early, smart too late.


There's something Wrong with the World today, I don't know what it is....

El Duderino

I’m guessing there were other, lesser, charges that were dismissed. Rarely is there just an attempted homicide charge alone, it sounds like burglary may have been in play, likely others, too.

I understand your point that he’s young etc., but I think the focus belongs on the poor lady that was stabbed in the friggin throat by someone on a meth bender for no reason whatsoever.

What about her safety, the trauma she endured physically and mentally, and worrying about her long-term wellbeing?

He’s right where he belongs.


Thank god he didn't put her family through a trial. I feel for the victims family, I hope they can now try to put this behind them.

You don't know me

Do we not think this is a cry for help here either? Probably will try to get killed in prison too! Hope someone watched this man well! Sad for the victim but I have never heard of someone just pleading hilly on all charges even when under influence of drugs. He will be 40/50 when he gets out and then what?

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