Freddie Grant (in orange) appears in court during his plea hearing on August 14, 2013.
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The man who killed Columbia teen Gabbiee Swainson will spend a maximum of 30 years in prison.
Wednesday, a judge sentenced 53-year-old Freddie Grant to two 30 year terms as part of a negotiated plea deal: one for a kidnapping charge, the other for a murder charge. However, Grant's two terms are concurrent, and they will be served at the same time as his 17-year-long federal prison sentence on an ammunition charge. Previous Coverage: Grant Sentenced for Murdering Gabbiee Swainson
Grant will start off serving the time in federal prison, and will be transferred to a South Carolina prison after his finishes his federal time.
In exchange for giving investigators the location of Swainson's remains, Grant agreed to plead guilty to the murder and kidnapping charges for a set amount of prison time. He also agreed that he would not appeal the decision.
Grant took Swainson from her Columbia home on August 18, 2012, then took her to his Elgin home some eight miles away. In court, prosecutors said she died by suffocation, and that Grant buried her in a grave that he dug in a field not far from his house.
Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson and Sheriff Leon Lott say Grant was not willing to deal until he learned that his daughter had been arrested on an accessory after the fact charge. As part of the deal, that charge against the woman was dropped.
Johnson and Lott say Swainson's mother agreed to the negotiated deal before they presented it to Grant.