COLUMBIA (WACH / AP) - A man believed to be the prime suspect in a 15-year-old Blythewood girl's 2012 disappearance is going to prison on a federal weapons conviction.
Freddie Grant, who Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott believes is responsible for the possible kidnapping and disappearance of 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson, got more than 17 years in prison on charges of possessing ammunition by a felon.
Investigators found a box of shotgun shells and a box of .38 caliber bullets in Grant's home while they were searching for clues in the disappearance of Gabbiee Swainson. She has not been seen since Aug. 18, and Grant is awaiting trial in her abduction.
Grant's criminal record makes it against the law for him to have guns or bullets.
Prosecutors presented a recording of a conversation between Grant and his daughter, Dominique, while Grant was awaiting trial on federal weapons charges.
His attorney says he plans to appeal that verdict.