Montgomery man pleads guilty to lesser charge in deadly 2017 shooting

Montgomery man admits guilt to a reduced charge in the fatal 2017 shooting

According to court records, a man from Montgomery, who was previously indicted on a capital murder charge, has now decided to plead guilty to manslaughter instead.

In September 2017, John Grant was accused of using a shotgun to shoot Earl Mock at close range while Mock was sitting inside his vehicle. Sadly, Mock remained on life support for nearly fifteen months before eventually being taken off it. On December 26, 2018, he passed away at the age of 45.

Grant’s legal team attempted to have the indictment dismissed due to the “year-and-a-day rule,” a long-standing common-law principle that only permits homicide prosecutions if the victim passed away within one year and a day of the criminal act. However, in 2022, the motion submitted by Grant’s lawyers was denied.

On Tuesday, Grant confessed to the charge of manslaughter and was given a 17-year jail term without any delay.

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