Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The 30 year sentence given to Freddie Grant for the kidnapping and murder of Columbia teen Gabbiee Swainson will apply not only to Grant's state charges, but a previous federal conviction as well.
Freddie Grant, 53, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murdering Gabbiee Swainson. Last week, as part of the plea deal, he led investigators to her body, buried off railroad tracks that run through Elgin.
"The negotiation is 30 years as to each indictment," said 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson in court.
The sentence was given as part of a plea agreement accepted by a judge Wednesday. Grant was given 30 years for kidnapping and 30 years for murder.
Court documents show those sentences would be served concurrently, meaning for each day Grant is behind bars, he serves one day of his kidnapping sentence and one day of his murder sentence.
"He'll go to the federal penitentiary first," said Richland Sheriff Leon Lott after the hearing. "He'll finish his federal time. Once he finishes those years, he'll be transported to the Department of Corrections."
Grant will go to a federal penitentiary first because he's already serving time for violating a federal ammunitions law.
Court documents, though, fail to mention those federal charges specifically. As part of the agreement, Grant's 30 year sentence will not only apply to his kidnapping and murder charges, but will also count toward his federal conviction.
Grant will remain in federal prison for 18 years and then move to South Carolina where he will finish the rest of the 30 year sentence. It means Grant will be released from prison at the age of 83.