Man who kidnapped, murdered trucker's daughter loses appeal on ammo charges

By Land Line staff | 6/4/2014

A South Carolina man who admitted to kidnapping and murdering the teenage daughter of a trucker in 2012 has lost his appeal in federal court on possession-of-ammunition charges related to the crimes.

Freddie Grant, 54, entered guilty pleas in 2013 to charges stemming from the disappearance of 15-year-old Gabrielle “Gabbiee” Swainson, the daughter of OOIDA Member Alvin Thompson of Virginia.

Gabbiee Swainson went missing for about a year from her mother’s home in Elgin, S.C. Police identified Grant, who had dated the girl’s mother, as a suspect after he refused to answer basic questions from police. A search of his home during that investigation led to his eventual arrest and conviction on charges of being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Grant’s appeal in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Appeals court was denied on Tuesday, after the judges affirmed the District Court’s use of two violent felony convictions Grant received under a general military court martial in 1980, while he was serving in the Army in Korea, according to court documents.

The charges stemmed from an incident in which Grant reportedly slashed another soldier’s face with a razor, and another incident in which he wrestled an assault rifle away from two military officials who were transporting him under guard, kidnapped the officials, and forced them to drive to another location. He was sentenced to eight years and nine months hard labor at the U.S. military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

During the appeal, Grant’s attorney argued that the District Court should not have been able to use the military court convictions in determining his status as an “armed career criminal,” which led to stiffer sentencing penalties. He is currently serving a 17-year sentence in connection with the ammunition possession charge.

After leading police to the spot where he buried Gabbiee, Grant pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping and murder, and received two 30-year sentences to be served concurrently.

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