A federal judge has handed down a sentence of 212 months in prison on an ammunition charge for Freddie Grant, the lone suspect in the disappearance of 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson.
Grant, 53, was convicted of possession of ammunition by an individual who is disqualified to do so because of a prior conviction.
Factors that played into the sentence were the fact Grant was deemed an armed career criminal and that prosecutors say he convinced his daughter, Dominique, to come up with a story that ammunition found in his home actually belonged to her.
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 Swainson's disappearance.
Swainson remains missing after 8 months.
Richland County investigators plan to bring Grant back to court again any day now to face a kidnapping charge.
"We could go to court today," said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. "We're ready. We're prepared. The forensics are in, our leads have been followed up, we've done all the work, so we're ready to go, but we don't have to go right now, and that's the key."
Thursday's verdict appears to give investigators more time to look into and follow up on leads in the case.
We'll have more on this story as it develops.