The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on January 23, 2020, a Bay County jury found Donald Mark Grantham guilty as charged of being a Felon Possessing a Firearm.
Evidence presented at trial proved that on January 20, 2018, the Defendant was a passenger in a pickup truck and had a .44 caliber rifle resting against his thigh concealed under a flannel shirt. When Ofc. Gore from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission asked the occupants of the vehicle if there were any weapons in the truck, the Defendant removed the flannel shirt and picked up the rifle stating he got it from a deceased family member.
Sentencing is scheduled before Judge Ana Maria Garcia on March 3, 2020, and the Defendant is facing a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison as a Habitual Felony Offender.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Barbara Beasley and Lynelle Dowe.