RI Man Gets 25 Years for Wife's Scuba Murder

Former dive shop owner guilty of Caribbean killing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2009 2:10 AM CST
Murder victim Jennifer Bloom is flanked by her parents at her 1997 college graduation.   (AP Photo/Jennifer Bloom)
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(Newser) – A former scuba shop owner has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering his wife during a dive in the British Virgin Islands. David Swain of Rhode Island killed his wife by ripping off her mask and shutting off her air supply as the pair swam near a shipwreck. Swain was motivated by his desire to date another woman, and to get his hands on his wife's money, prosecutors said. Authorities filed charges after the victim's parents won a civil suit against Swain in the US, CBS reports.