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« Reply #100 on: January 15, 2013, 11:41:39 PM »

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Jury-finds-SC-man-guilty-on-federal-ammo-charge-4196191.php

Jury finds SC man guilty on federal ammo charge
Published 12:21 pm, Tuesday, January 15, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man suspected in the disappearance of a Columbia teen has been convicted on a federal ammunition charge.
 
A federal jury on Tuesday found Freddie Grant guilty of being a felon in possession of ammunition.
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Grant could face life in prison when he's sentenced in April.
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« Reply #101 on: January 15, 2013, 11:44:36 PM »

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http://www.wltx.com/news/article/216786/2/Swainsons-Father-I-Dont-Think-Shes-Alive

Gabbiee Swainson's Father: "I Don't Think She's Alive"
 8:13 PM, Jan 15, 2013

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The man accused of kidnapping teenager Gabbiee Swainson was found guilty on separate federal ammunition charges Tuesday.
 
Meanwhile, the girl's father is expressing deep concerns about her ultimate fate.
 
"I don't think she's alive," said Alvin Thompson, Swainson's father.  "I don't think she's alive. It's been way too much time.  Only one person knows that for sure: him."
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« Reply #102 on: February 07, 2013, 11:56:14 PM »

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http://www.midlandsconnect.com/sports/story.aspx?id=857169

The search for Gabbiee continues with the help of private investigators
Posted: 02.06.2013 at 10:05 PM

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In the days, weeks, and months that have passed, law enforcement investigators have been joined by a private investigation firm hired by Elvia.

“A lot of time with cases like this, there may be people who have had bad experiences with law enforcement,” explains Senior Investigator Jael Gilreath about the use of a private investigation firm in a missing person case.  “They may be more willing to talk to someone who isn’t trying to get them in trouble – just trying to gather information.”

There have been several bits of information released by police investigators in hopes that the information may trigger a memory or more information.  According to Gilreath, duct tape with Gabbiee’s DNA was found in Grant’s house, as well as in a fenced in junk yard adjacent to his house when the area was searched.

Although it has been several months, efforts have not stopped.

“People still remember things, people still find things, and people still hear things,” says Gilreath.  She says that any information is important, regardless of how small it may seem to be.  For private investigators like Gilreath, information and interviews still continue in hopes of finding clues.

If you have any information about Gabbiee Swainson’s disappearance, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers, 1-888-CRIME-SC.

UPDATE: You can see more with Investogator Gilreath, and the exclusive video from the junk yard under the video section of this story.
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« Reply #103 on: February 08, 2013, 11:38:02 AM »

http://www.thestate.com/2013/02/08/2623366/grant-to-be-charged-in-richland.html

Friday, Feb. 08, 2013
Grant to be charged in Richland County teen’s disappearance

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC — The Richland County Sheriff’s Department today will charge Freddie Grant, of Elgin, in the disappearance of Gabrielle Swainson.

Sheriff Leon Lott announced Thursday evening that Grant will be taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on Friday for a 2:30 p.m. bond hearing in which he will be charged with kidnapping Swainson, the 15-year-old Ridge View High School student last seen in her home Aug. 18, 2012.
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« Reply #104 on: February 08, 2013, 06:22:06 PM »

 

http://www.wltx.com/news/article/220766/2/Suspect-in-Teens-Kidnapping-Waives-Right-to-Hearing

Freddie Grant Waives Right to Hearing on Charge of Kidnapping Gabbiee Swainson
4:04 PM, Feb 8, 2013

Richland County, SC (WLTX) - A man Richland County deputies say kidnapped a Columbia teen has waived his right to a bond hearing.
 
Freddie Grant, 53, was scheduled to appear at the Richland County Detention center for a bond hearing on a kidnapping charge. However, about an hour before the proceeding was set to begin, he made his decision to not appear before the judge.
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« Reply #105 on: February 08, 2013, 06:26:34 PM »

http://www.abccolumbia.com/news/local/SC-Teens-Disappearance--190304581.html

Suspect in Teen's Disappearance Waives Bond Hearing
Story Created: Feb 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM EST
(Story Updated: Feb 8, 2013 at 5:24 PM EST )

Columbia, SC (WOLO)-- Freddie Grant, the lone suspect in the Gabbiee Swainson kidnapping case, was a no-show at a bond hearing Friday, waiving his right to appear to answer to that charge. Richland County authorities have been building a kidnapping case against the 53-year-old since Swainson disappeared in August but were not able to formally charge Grant until now.

A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Department says Grant waived his right to a bond hearing this afternoon and was returned to the Lexington Co. Detention Center, where he is being held awaiting sentencing on a federal ammunition conviction.

In January, Grant was convicted of being a felon in possession of ammunition. He will be sentenced in that case in April.

Prosecutors have not set a date for his trial on the kidnapping charge.
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« Reply #106 on: April 18, 2013, 01:49:44 AM »

http://www.wistv.com/story/22005882/freddie-grant-to-be-sentenced-on-ammunition-charge

Freddie Grant to be sentenced on ammunition charge
Posted: Apr 17, 2013 4:08 PM CDT Updated: Apr 17, 2013 4:08 PM CDT

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Freddie Grant, the prime suspect in the kidnapping of 14-year-old Gabbiee Swainson, will be sentenced in federal court Thursday on ammunition charges.

Investigators believe Grant kidnapped Gabbiee from her northeast Richland County home in August. He still refuses to work with authorities on the disappearance.

Both Sheriff Leon Lott and Gabbiee's mother, Elvia Swainson, plan to be the sentencing. He faces 15 to life. It will keep Grant behind bars, giving the county more time on their case.

Lott says an offer for leniency in exchange for Gabbiee's whereabouts was made, but he says Grant did not bite at the offer.

"There's been talks through his attorney about what the state, what the Solicitor's Office, and what the Sheriff's office has been willing to offer in exchange for him telling us where Gabbiee's at," said Lott. "That offer has been made. He hasn't accepted."

Nearly 8 months after Gabbiee disappeared, Lott says the county is ready to bring the case to court.

"We could go to court today," said 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.

So they're waiting, and won't bring this before a judge unless forced by Grant's attorney for a speedy trial.
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« Reply #107 on: April 18, 2013, 05:11:09 PM »

http://www.midlandsconnect.com/news/story.aspx?id=886837#.UXBeOL4o7IV

Freddie Grant gets more than 17 years in prison on ammo conviction
Posted: 33 mins ago

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.
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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.


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« Reply #108 on: April 23, 2013, 08:44:38 PM »

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/23/3999034/sc-kidnapping-suspect-appealing.html

SC kidnapping suspect appealing ammo conviction
Posted: Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. A man charged with kidnapping a Richland County teen is appealing his 17-year prison sentence on a federal ammunition charge.

Court documents filed Monday show that an attorney for 53-year-old Freddie Grant has asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider his client's case.
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« Reply #109 on: April 24, 2013, 04:48:23 AM »

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/23/3999034/sc-kidnapping-suspect-appealing.html

SC kidnapping suspect appealing ammo conviction
Posted: Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. A man charged with kidnapping a Richland County teen is appealing his 17-year prison sentence on a federal ammunition charge.

Court documents filed Monday show that an attorney for 53-year-old Freddie Grant has asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider his client's case.
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« Reply #110 on: April 24, 2013, 11:07:42 PM »

http://www.abccolumbia.com/news/local/Missing-Teen-Honored-During-Senior-Night-203325241.html
Gabbie Swainson Honored During Senior Night
April 16, 2013

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« Reply #111 on: April 24, 2013, 11:11:07 PM »

http://www.thestate.com/2013/04/18/2730616/accused-kidnapper-freddie-grant.html
Accused kidnapper Freddie Grant sentenced to 17 years for ammunition
April 18, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC — Accused kidnapper Freddie Grant was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison Thursday amid accusations that he pressured his adult daughter to lie on his behalf during his trial.

Grant was found guilty in January to being a felon in possession of ammunition, found in his Elgin home while police were looking for missing Richland County teen Gabrielle Swainson.

U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie said she gave Grant a higher than usual sentence because he is an armed career criminal who has broken laws since he was 20 years old. He has previous convictions for assault with grievous bodily harm and kidnapping while stationed in Korea with the Army, and a possession with intent to distribute cocaine conviction in South Carolina.

Currie also ruled that prosecutors had presented credible evidence that Grant pressured his daughter into lying on his behalf during his January trial on a charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition.

“He put incredible pressure on her to lie for him,” Currie said. “He put her in a position to perjure herself in a federal court.”

No charges have been filed against his daughter, Dominique Grant, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey Haynes, who prosecuted Freddie Grant, said no decisions have been made on whether to charge her.

During the jury trial, Dominique Grant testified that she stored .38-caliber bullets and shotgun shells at her father’s house after she moved around between college and her early working career. She said she left the ammo in bags and boxes in a bedroom at her father’s house.

However, pictures taken when investigators found the ammunition showed that the bullets were in a nightstand drawer and the shells were on the bottom shelf of an end table in Grant’s cluttered, fire-damaged home.

Those pictures showed that even if Dominique Grant originally owned the ammo, her father knew it was in the house and had moved it around. Currie noted that in court, saying Dominique Grant’s testimony damaged her father’s case.

“He put her in tremendous jeopardy, and, in fact, convicted himself,” Currie said.

Prosecutors suspected the Grants had cooked up a story about the ammunition and had asked the Lexington County Detention Center for audio recordings of their phone calls, Haynes said. All inmate calls at the detention center are recorded.

Haynes read transcripts of several calls in the month before the trial in which Freddie Grant and his daughter talked about a checklist. He warned her not to talk about it on the phone.

“Handle the checklist,” Haynes said as she read Freddie Grant’s side of the conversation. “I need you to do it. I love you. Let the chips fall where they may.”

After Thursday’s sentencing, Dominique Grant declined to talk about the perjury accusations.

“It has become clear to me that I’m being accused of a crime,” she said.

Freddie Grant’s kidnapping charges are pending in Richland County circuit court. He is accused of kidnapping 15-year-old Swainson, who disappeared from her mother’s Northeast Richland home in the early morning hours of Aug. 18. He also is a suspect in the disappearance of Adrianna Laster, who was 28 when she was last seen in the fall of 2011. She was living with Grant before she was reported missing.

Freddie Grant had dated Gabrielle’s mother, Elvia Swainson.
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Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/04/18/2730616/accused-kidnapper-freddie-grant.html#storylink=cpy
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« Reply #112 on: April 24, 2013, 11:13:42 PM »

http://www.wistv.com/story/22054899/suspect-in-gabbiee-swainson-disappearance-to-appeal-federal-ammo-conviction
Suspect in Gabbiee Swainson disappearance to appeal federal ammo conviction
April 23, 2013


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
The lone suspect in the disappearance of 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson is appealing a federal ammo conviction that promises to lock him up for more than 17 years.

Last week Grant, 53, was convicted of possession of ammunition by an individual who is disqualified to do so because of a prior conviction.

A federal judge handed down a sentence of 212 months in prison.

Grant's attorney on Monday filed the notice of appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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.
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Thursday's verdict appears to give investigators more time to look into and follow up on leads in the case.
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« Reply #113 on: July 11, 2013, 09:56:59 PM »

http://www.abccolumbia.com/news/local/Arrest-in-Gabbiee-Swainson-Case-215154271.html

Arrest in Gabbiee Swainson Case
Story Created: Jul 11, 2013 at 6:33 PM EDT 
(Story Updated: Jul 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM EDT  )

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO/RCSD) -- There has been an arrest in the disappearance of missing Midlands teenager Gabbie Swainson. Dominique Grant, daughter of suspected kidnapper, Freddie Grant, was arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact of a Felony, in connection with disappearance of Swainson.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott stated that on June 18, 2013, Gabbiee’s cell phone was recovered behind a Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, by a delivery driver. The sheriff stated that Dominique Grant placed the phone there with the sole purpose of planting evidence to throw off the investigation. The sheriff added that both Freddie Grant and Dominique Grant have information on what specifically happened to Gabbiee and are working together to destroy evidence and thwart the investigation.
 
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« Reply #114 on: July 11, 2013, 10:37:59 PM »

Thank you for the update grace-land.  It's good to know the investigation into Gabbiee's disappearance has been going on all this time and they're making headway.  I was worried this might be one of the cases where LE has strong suspicions but no evidence for an arrest and conviction and it would end up in the cold case files.    I hope Gabbiee can be found and those responsible for her death and anyone that helped her murderer/murderers pay for their deeds.
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« Reply #115 on: July 12, 2013, 08:07:57 AM »

Thank you for the update grace-land.  It's good to know the investigation into Gabbiee's disappearance has been going on all this time and they're making headway.  I was worried this might be one of the cases where LE has strong suspicions but no evidence for an arrest and conviction and it would end up in the cold case files.    I hope Gabbiee can be found and those responsible for her death and anyone that helped her murderer/murderers pay for their deeds.

 
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« Reply #116 on: July 15, 2013, 02:00:40 PM »

Thank you for the update grace-land.  It's good to know the investigation into Gabbiee's disappearance has been going on all this time and they're making headway.  I was worried this might be one of the cases where LE has strong suspicions but no evidence for an arrest and conviction and it would end up in the cold case files.    I hope Gabbiee can be found and those responsible for her death and anyone that helped her murderer/murderers pay for their deeds.

I was worried, too.  Maybe the LE will be able to get some useful information from his daughter and help bring Gabbiee home.
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« Reply #117 on: July 15, 2013, 02:10:36 PM »

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http://www.wltx.com/news/article/242375/2/Sheriff-Evidence-Extracted-From-Gabbiees-Cell-Phone

Sheriff: Evidence Extracted From Gabbiee's Cell Phone
6:36 PM, Jul 12, 2013

 
"Elvia, Gabbie's mom gets a call from Gabbie's phone," said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.  "Elvia's in church.  She checked her phone when she got out and there was a missed call from Gabbiee.  I can only imagine the emotion."

Lott says a worker found the phone and didn't know it belonged to a young woman who'd been missing for almost a year.

"Anything that could have been taken from that phone, we've done," Lott said.  "Now the fact that we can connect that phone to Freddie Grant and his daughter is just more evidence of what we already know that Freddie is responsible for kidnapping Gabbiee and for her disappearance."

Lott says 27 year old Dominique Grant placed the phone at the grocery store.  She's the daughter of Freddie Grant, the man police have charged in Gabbiee's disappearance.

"I don't want people to think Gabbiee was in Myrtle Beach. Gabbiee was not in Myrtle Beach. The phone was placed in Myrtle Beach," Lott said.  "We know the last time that phone was used and pinged from was by Freddie Grant's residence."

When asked about other clues taken from the Myrtle Beach scene, Lott said, "Nothing that we're going to reveal at this point."
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« Reply #118 on: July 16, 2013, 04:02:41 PM »

Oh my gosh!  How heartbreaking for Elvia to have a missed call from Gabbiee under such tragic circumstances.    

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« Reply #119 on: July 16, 2013, 10:36:59 PM »

Oh my gosh!  How heartbreaking for Elvia to have a missed call from Gabbiee under such tragic circumstances.    



It is heartbreaking for her mother.  Now, the only hope in finding Gabbiee is for the daughter of Grant to do the right thing and cooperate with the le.  imo
 
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