Circuit court affirms conviction in Freddie Grant case - - Columbia, South Carolina

Circuit court affirms conviction in Freddie Grant case


Three federal circuit court judges affirmed a federal conviction against Freddie Grant, the man who pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and murder of a 15-year-old girl.

The three-judge panel from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals considered if Grant's court martial convictions should have been counted toward his enhanced sentence on federal gun charges.

"We agree with the district court's decision to use Grant's general court-martial convictions to classify him as an armed career criminal," said the ruling.

Grant is currently serving a 212-month sentence in federal prison in Kentucky on ammunition charges. In August 2013, he led Richland County sheriff's investigators to the body of Gabbiee Swainson, an Elgin teen who went missing from her bedroom in August 2012.

Shortly after investigators located Swainson's body, Grant accepted a plea deal that saw him plead guilty and receive 30 more years in prison in South Carolina for the teen's death.

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