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Freddie Grant Sentenced to 212 Months Imprisonment on Federal Ammunition Charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2013

Contact Person: Stacey Haynes (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina -----FREDDIE GRANT, age 53, of Elgin, South Carolina, was sentenced today to 212 months (17.6 years) imprisonment for being a felon in possession of ammunition in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(e).  GRANT was convicted in January 2013, following a one-day trial in federal court in Columbia.   United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie imposed the sentence, which will be followed by five (5) years of supervised release.
           
The Government presented evidence during the sentencing hearing today that GRANT obstructed justice during his trial by suborning perjury by his twenty-seven year old daughter Dominique Grant.  The district court agreed and stated on the record that Ms. Grant’s trial testimony was “incredible and unbelievable.”  The district court agreed that the Government had proven that prior to the trial, GRANT had prepared a checklist of items for his daughter to testify to in an effort to explain how the ammunition ended up in his residence.  The court found that GRANT’s checklist did not ultimately succeed as it did not square with the evidence presented at trial.
           
Evidence presented during the trial established that on August 21, 2012, investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, along with officers from the Elgin Police Department, executed a lawful search warrant1 at the Kelly Street residence of FREDDIE GRANT in Elgin, South Carolina.  GRANT was present at the residence during the search.   During the search of the inside of the residence, investigators located a box of 12 gauge shotgun shells on a table in the living room area and a box of .38 caliber ammunition in a nightstand in a bedroom.  As investigators knew prior to execution of the search warrant, GRANT'S prior record revealed prior felony convictions, which prohibited him under federal law from possessing firearms and ammunition. Therefore, investigators seized the ammunition and notified federal authorities.  Federal authorities confirmed that GRANT was a prohibited felon, had not received a pardon, and that the 12 gauge shotgun shells and .38 caliber ammunition were all manufactured outside the state of South Carolina. 
           
GRANT is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition based upon his prior felony convictions.  GRANT has prior convictions for assault by inflicting grievous bodily harm, resisting apprehension, assault upon an officer, kidnapping, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, carrying concealed weapon, resisting arrest, shoplifting, driving under suspension, and criminal domestic violence.  Based upon those prior convictions, the district court deemed Grant to be an armed career criminal. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.  Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office handled the prosecution of the case.

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The search warrant was executed as a part of a missing persons investigation.  The details of that investigation were not made a part of this trial which focused on the unlawful possession of ammunition charge.  Mr. GRANT faces an additional kidnapping charge from Richland County.

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