Representation by Grose yields early parole eligibility for manslaughter defendant

Representing a defendant charged with fatally shooting his estranged, Mr. Grose successfully negotiated a plea deal that reduced the charge from murder to voluntary manslaughter then went on to convince the court to grant parole eligibility after serving only one-fourth of the defendant’s 22-year prison sentence. Mr. Grose argued on behalf of the defendant that a court-documented history of mutual domestic violence between him and his wife qualified the defendant for early parole eligibility under Section 16-25-90 of South Carolina law. The court agreed. Although prosecutors appealed the sentencing decision, the Court of Appeals upheld the ruling and the defendant maintained his early parole eligibility.