May 7, 2010

Ex-Saint DE Grant pleas, sentenced to one year's probation in Blakely death

Charles Grant, a long-time Saint defensive end released this offseason after an eight year career in New Orleans, appeared in court this week in Blakely, Georgia.

In February 2008, an innocent bystander was shot and killed during a fight outside a nightclub in Blakely.

Korynda Reed, 23, of Blakely, was pregnant and had three children.

Grant posted bond that May and was arraigned during preseason in August 2008.  Grant was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case.  Others he was with that night were charged with more serious crimes.

Grant and Laquint Macklin were indicted by grand jury.  Macklin drew charges of murder, feticide, and aggravated assault.  He also pled guilty today, to involuntary manslaughter, and will not go to jail.  Macklin is allegedly the one who fired shots.  Grant pled guilty to the same charge.  Grant, Macklin and another man were all sentenced to one year probation.

If convicted, involuntary manslaughter could have sent Grant to jail for one to ten years.

Grant was stabbed in the neck during the fight but did not suffer any major injury. 

Though not currently with a team, Grant is likely to receive a suspension from the NFL, in addition to a four game suspension from the eventual result of the Starcaps litigation in Minnesota, still in progress.

Grant signed a seven year, $63 million contract in 2007 and never lived up to that lofty contract, one of the largest in team history at the time.

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