Suspect in kidnapping of trucker's daughter found guilty on weapons charge

By Kimberely Lennard, Land Line staff writer | 1/21/2013

The man suspected of kidnapping 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson was found guilty this past week on a weapons charge.

Freddie Grant, 52, of Elgin, SC, was convicted of being a felon in possession of ammunition on Jan. 15, according to court documents. Authorities discovered the ammunition in Grant’s home in August while executing a search warrant in Gabbiee’s disappearance. The girl was kidnapped from her home in the early-morning hours of Aug. 18, 2012.

Grant had dated her mother and became a suspect when he refused to answer basic questions from police. “I’m not talking. Talk to my attorney,” Grant said, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott in an August press conference.

Gabbiee is the daughter of OOIDA Member Alvin Thompson, who lives in Virginia.

“It’s one of those things you think you can control and you can’t. You think it won’t happen to you and it did,” Thompson told Land Line. “Only (Grant) knows where she’s at besides God.  I just wish he’d come clean. We need closure. … The only thing we can ask is we find her somehow, somewhere.”

Thompson said at every court appearance Grant looks like he’s aging.

“Maybe he’ll go ahead and say something to get out of (isolation),” he added.

Grant is also a suspect in the disappearance of a Homestead, FL, woman who was last seen at his home in September 2011.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 18. The maximum sentence is 10 in prison and/or a fine of $250,000. If the court considers him an armed career criminal, Grant faces a minimum of 15 years and up to life imprisonment, along with the fine and five years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

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