Man From Purdy Gets Prison Time For Deadly Crash

Mike Morgan

Man From Purdy Gets Prison Time For Deadly Crash

CREATED Feb. 13, 2013

OZARK, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed a 10-year-old girl.

Twenty-eight-year-old Gregory Swaffar, of Purdy, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree assault.

KYTV reports a Christian County judge sentenced Swaffar on Wednesday to 20 years on the murder charge and five years on the assault charges. The terms will run concurrently.

Swaffar admitted he was drunk when he drove his truck head-on into another vehicle on Missouri 37 in February 2011. The crash in Barry County killed Melissa Kief, of Washburn, and seriously injured her father and another passenger.

The case was handled in Christian County on a change of venue.