The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on March 3, 2020, Circuit Judge Ana Maria Garcia sentenced Donald Mark Grantham to 15 years in prison after a jury convicted him at trial on January 23, 2020, of being a Felon Possessing Firearms. The Defendant was also designated a Habitual Felony Offender.
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.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Barbara Beasley and Lynelle Dowe.