MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A New York City man found guilty in the 2005 shooting death of Donald "Dee" Redman was sentenced Monday to 40 years in prison by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III, who applied the maximum penalty allowed by state law.
John J. Grant, aka "Butter," received the maximum penalty allowed by state law for a second-degree murder conviction, Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela J. Games-Neely said after the hearing.
Grant, 23, along with a man authorities only know by the street name of "Prince," took part in an execution-style shooting of Redman, 29, of Martinsburg at a Third Street duplex in the early morning of Oct. 27, 2005, police have said. The shooting happened at what police considered was a crack house, and both the victim and Grant were involved in the drug trade, authorities have said.
While incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail on a charge of first-degree murder, Grant wrote letters to a friend asking her to help him convince certain witnesses to change their testimony or physically injure them or not testify at all, police have said.