COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping a missing Columbia teen last year has pleaded guilty in her death.
A judge on Wednesday accepted a plea deal concerning 53-year-old Freddie Grant before sentencing him to 30 years in prison. As part of the deal, prosecutors agreed to drop charges accusing Grant’s daughter of helping him hide the missing teen’s cellphone.
Last week, Grant led officers to the body of 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson. He has been serving a 17-year federal sentence for possession of ammunition he wasn’t allowed to have.
Gabbiee’s mother last saw her daughter at their home a year ago. Authorities have said Grant dated the mother and used a key he claimed to have lost to enter the family’s home and take the girl from her bed as she slept.
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