Freddie Grant Sentenced, Swainson Still Missing

Grant sentenced on ammunition charge


By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO/AP) -- Freddie Grant, the Midlands man charged with kidnapping a missing Richland County teen, has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison on federal ammunition charges.

Fifty-three-year-old Freddie Grant faced a possible life sentence at his hearing Thursday.

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 August 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. His daughter, Dominique Grant, testified the bullets belonged to her, but a jury convicted Grant in January of being a felon in possession of ammunition. A judge said Thursday that she handed down a severe ruling because evidence showed Grant and his daughter cooked up an elaborate story about how the ammo ended up at his Elgin home and that encouraged his own daughter to lie under oath.

Meanwhile, Gabbiee Swain's father, Alvin Thompson, says Grant's sentencing is bittersweet.

"I feel good about him getting convicted of charges but it doesn't bring my daughter back," said Thompson. "I still don't know where she's at. At least he's in captivity so he can't hurt anyone else."
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