nwfdailynews.com: Flanders gets 15 years for manslaughter

FORT WALTON BEACH — James Flanders, once the popular pastor of a Fort Walton Beach church, will serve 15 years in prison on a manslaughter charge for the 2011 killing of Marie Carlson, his “sister wife.”

He and his attorney, Glenn Swiatek, struck the deal in April to secure the manslaughter charge.

Swiatek presented at the sentencing hearing a psychiatrist who testified that Flanders needs treatment and medication for a host of mental issues.

The defense attorney argued for a shorter sentence with time set aside after prison for Flanders to get the help he needs.

Read the entire July 19, 2016, article by Tom McLaughlin at nwfdailynews.com