Curtis Wayne Gause received a sentence from Judge Thomas Gardner in court Friday morning one day after a jury found him guilty of manslaughter and burglary.
“For the manslaughter I sentence you to 20 years and the burglary charges I sentence you to 25 years with 15 suspended. You will also be on five years post release supervision,” Judge Gardner said.
These sentences will run consecutive to each other, meaning Gause will serve a total of 30 years with the other 15 possible if he gets into trouble when he gets out of prison.
The jury convicted the 44-year-old Gause on Thursday.
Defense attorneys said during closing arguments that Gause was not a cold-blooded killer but a “fool in love” when he killed Swords in Ecru.
Prosecutors, however, said Gause’s sole purpose that day was to kill Swords and assault Gause’s estranged wife, Tracy.
Swords was stabbed to death.
All three were at her mobile home with Swords when the incident occurred.