St. Gabriel residents speak out about Grace's possible detention

St. Gabriel residents speak out about Grace's possible detention

POSTED: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 5:28pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 5:29pm

George Grace was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody after getting convicted on Saturday on seven felony charges that included bribery, racketeering, wire and mail fraud. it's a decision that doesn't sit well with people that grew up with him, like Oscar Williams.

"Him not being able to come and do the things he needs to do to take care of before sentencing. I think the court ought to allow him the opportunity to get his business out here straight," says Williams.

But there are several things that are hurting Grace's chances to go home before his sentencing. He owns property and has a $20,000 in a bank account in the African country of Uganda. There's also a fear he could commit the same crimes again, but those aren't the only reasons says assistant U.S. attorney Corey Amundson.

"It was our conclusion that there was a significant risk of flight based not only on the evidence, but also the amount of prison time he's facing.

Some residents in the Iberville Parish community feel once you're convicted of a crime, you're no longer entitiled to your free time.

"Once you break the law and you're convicted your rights as a citizen as a far as being able to have free time are pretty much over 'cause you're going to jail," says Grene.

Grace is facing more than 100 years behind bars. Amundson headed the prosecution's case against Grace's legal team, which was led by Lewis Unglesby.

"I don't think that detention was necessary and I would hope come Tuesday they could put on some evidence and show that," says Unglesby.

An opinion shared by those who know him best.

"Knowing him the way I know him, I don't think he's a threat to do anything like that. I think he'll turn himself in when sentencing time comes," says Williams

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