Doug Grant gets five years for manslaughter

Doug Grant

The murder trial of Pima businessman Doug Grant has had more twists and turns than San Francisco's famous Lombard Street, and in the end, it has taken the state of Arizona longer to obtain a conviction then he will serve in prison.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Margaret Mahoney spent Friday morning listening to sentencing arguments from the prosecution and defense.

She then sentenced Grant to five years in prison, according to a release from the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Grant was originally indicted in 2005, four years after his wife, Faylene Eaves Grant, drowned in the couple's bathtub in their Gilbert home Sept. 27, 2001. He was indicted again in 2006, and his trial began November 2008.

The six-man, six-woman jury of Grant's peers deliberated for 12 days before finding him guilty of manslaughter – a class-two, nondangerous felony – March 24.

According to the Maricopa County Superior Court minutes, the jury quickly decided to add three aggravators: That Grant committed the crime in an especially cruel manner, that he did it for the receipt or expectation of the receipt of anything of pecuniary value (made money off her death) and that the offense caused physical, emotional and financial harm to the victim or emotional and financial harm to the victim's immediate family.

With the aggravators, Grant's sentencing structure called for a presumptive term of five years in prison with a maximum sentence of 10 years and a super-maximum of 12.5 years.

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