Man sentenced 30 months for wielding gun

By Dean Wright -

Dominique Granger

Dominique Granger

GALLIPOLIS — A Columbus man was sentenced to 30 months in prison after having pleaded guilty March 29 to having a weapon under disability, a third-degree felony.

Dominique Granger, 27, chased a man to Robbie’s BP station store on Jan. 23 at 87 Vine St. in Gallipolis. According to previous information obtained by the Tribune, Gallipolis police were dispatched to the area around 9:45 p.m. the day of the crime. Dispatchers told police a man wearing a hoodie and brandishing a gun had chased another individual into the store.

The victim reportedly shouted to others inside the building that he was being chased and that he thought Granger was going to fire at him. One individual ducked to the floor and remained there until he left. Supposedly, Granger pointed his gun at other individuals in the store as well. The man who was originally chased in to the building barricaded himself in the bathroom. Granger soon left.

Reports say the original victim had been walking behind Basket Delights on Vine Street when he encountered Granger. Reports say Granger threw money at the victim before producing a gun and yelling at him and giving chase.

Police collected Granger in the area of Garfield Avenue after tips reported that an individual allegedly fitting his description had attempted to force their way into a home.

According to reports, the caller allegedly said he encountered a man fitting Granger’s description who had knocked on his door. The man supposedly offered help to the individual. The man fitting Granger’s description allegedly told the caller he had been stabbed. After instructing the individual who had knocked on the caller’s door to sit, the caller moved to enter his house and shut the door. The man then allegedly attempted to force his way into the caller’s home. The caller allegedly had to physically push the other out of his doorway before shutting the door. Afterwards, the man allegedly ran south on Garfield Avenue.

Based upon witness accounts and surveillance footage from the store, Granger was found to have brandished a firearm while entering and pointing the gun at others before leaving. Granger was indicted by the Gallia County grand jury in February.

“The defendant has three prior felony convictions out of Franklin County for robbery, possession of drugs, and having a weapon under a disability,” said Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “Based on the defendant’s prior felony criminal record, he is not permitted under Ohio law to possess a firearm at any time. Further, this defendant caused several employees that day to fear for their safety and their lives based upon the way the defendant was acting and his brandishing of the firearm.”

Possessing a weapon under disability generally can be understood that an individual illegally had a firearm despite not being legally allowed to have one because of prior convictions.

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By Dean Wright