Freddie Grant gets 30 years after pleading guilty to the murder of Gabbiee Swainson
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:15:07 GMT —
COLUMBIA, SC(WACH)- Freddie Grant recieves 30 years for the kidnapping and and 30 years for the murder of Gabbiee Swainson.
Both sentences will be served concurrently.
Grant plead guilty on one count of murder and one count of the kidnapping of Gabbie Swainson. "I thought about this case and I strugged with whether to accept the agreement in the case," said Judge Robert Hood. "I will go along with these negotiations because I need for Gabbie's family to have closure and I need for them to know, I need for the community to know that we will not tolerate this type of behavior,"
Grant did not have right to appealplea and sentence.
Solicitor Dan Johnson says that they would not have entered into the negotiable without Gabbiee's mother, Elvia's consent.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says Swainson died of "homicidal violence."
Solicitor Dan Johnson said in court that 3:45am that morning, Grant forcibly made entrance into Swainson's home and forced Gabbiee from her home. Grant then took her to his house in Elgin where he bound her hands and face and suffocated, then buried her.
Grant's daughter Dominqiue, was also in the courtroom. It was also agreed to dismiss charges against Dominique Grant.
Grant released a statement by her Attorney Aimee J. Zmeroczek, stating that she could never imagine the heartache of Gabbiee's mother, Elvia, and she is devastated by the loss of her only child. She goes on to say that she is equally saddened, shocked and hurt by her father's actions. Grant goes on to say that she will continue to fight to clear her name as she continues to admonish any accusation that she was involved in her father's actions.
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