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« Reply #140 on: August 14, 2013, 06:43:42 PM »

http://www.wistv.com/story/23137483/freddie-grant-gets-30-years-for-killing-gabbiee-swainson

Freddie Grant accepts deal, gets 30 years for killing Gabbiee Swainson
Posted: Aug 14, 2013 1:57 PM CDT Updated: Aug 14, 2013 5:13 PM CDT

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
The man who kidnapped and killed Gabbiee Swainson will spend 30 years in state prison for his actions, after negotiating a deal with authorities. He will first serve 18 years at a federal facility before starting his state sentence. 

In front of a packed Richland County courtroom, Freddie Grant, 53, agreed to plead guilty and accept concurrent sentences of 30 years on charges of kidnapping and murder with no chance for parole in return for showing authorities where the 15-year-old's body was buried.

He faced up to life in prison.

"This case has deeply affected our community," said the judge. "I will go along with this negotiation because of the need for Gabbiee's family to have closure."

Prosecutors also agreed to drop charges against Grant's daughter, Dominique, as part of the deal. She was facing accessory after the fact charges in connection with the discovery of Gabbiee's cell phone in Myrtle Beach.

Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson and Richland County Leon Lott, the two men responsible for the agreement with Grant, were in attendance to explain the process behind the negotiations.

Johnson said he and Lott began mulling approaching Grant's attorney, a public defender, after the sheriff came to the conclusion that searchers may never find the Ridge View High School student.

"I don't think anybody can imagine what she has been living with for the past year," Johnson told the court on behalf of Elvia Swainson, Gabbiee's mother. "Given the pain she has gone through, I think she wants the court to know that nothing you can do in this courtroom can be enough for what he deserves. She loved her girl."

Ultimately, it was the discovery of Gabbiee's cell phone behind a Myrtle Beach grocery store that helped to break open the case, Johnson said.

"That made us feel we were able to approach this defendant," Johnson told the Court.

According to Johnson, Grant bound Gabbiee's hands and face and suffocated her before disposing of her body in a deep grave not far from his Elgin home.

Grant is currently serving a 18-year federal sentence on an ammunition conviction. He is appealing that sentence.

As part of the deal, Grant will not be able to appeal the state ruling.
 
 
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« Reply #141 on: August 15, 2013, 10:55:57 AM »

Sooooo sad!
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« Reply #142 on: August 15, 2013, 11:35:48 AM »

Sooooo sad!

What a long year for her family.
 
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« Reply #143 on: August 19, 2013, 12:27:33 PM »

Rest in Peace, Gabbiee.  an angelic monkey

http://www.thestate.com/2013/08/18/2927669/live-updates-hundreds-mourn-gabbiee.html

Hundreds mourn Gabbiee at last farewell
Published: August 18, 2013 Updated 12 hours ago


Elvia Swainson raises her hand in prayer before a photograph of her deceased daughter, Gabbiee Swainson, during a "Celebration of Life" memorial service held Sunday evening at Right Direction Church International on Broad River Road. C MICHAEL BERGEN

More than 1,000 on Sunday bid a last goodbye to Gabbiee Swainson, the long-missing murdered teen whose disappearance a year ago and tragic discovery of her body earlier this month has long riveted the Midlands’ attention.

“I’m not going to tell you God needed another flower in heaven — He created all the flowers, and this wasn’t His way of getting flowers,” the Rev. Herbert Bailey told the crowd .

“Some of you hear preachers tell you that kind of stuff — that’s a lie. Tell them I told you.”

Bailey said he couldn’t explain why Gabbiee’s life had been taken and urged the audience to take refuge in faith, that “God will comfort us in any trouble” and find a way to bring good out of the inexplicable grief left by Gabbiee’s death.

The service at Right Direction Church International, a nondenominational Christian church, lasted more than two hours, but few left before the end as the hymns, songs and testimonies by adults and young people who knew Gabbiee — who exceled at dance, academics and music — kept the crowd’s attention.
 
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