Secondary Suspect In Grinstead Case Heading Back To Prison

Bo Dukes, the secondary suspect in the disappearance and murder of Tara Grinstead, is heading back to prison after violating his parole in an unrelated federal case. 

Dukes plead guilty in 2013 to conspiring to steal U.S. government property from the Army and selling it. Following his guilty plea, Dukes served 27 months in prison and was sentenced to three years’ probation following his release.

             According to prosecutors, Dukes violated probation by “failing to keep up with restitution payments and community service work.”

            According to Dukes’ attorney, he could not complete the payments or community service because it was “unsafe for him because of threats made against him related to the Grinstead trial.”

            The state argued that Dukes had only made “sporadic” payments since October 2015.

            A federal judge in Macon revoked Dukes bond last Wednesday and sentenced him to six months in prison.

As it related to the Grinstead case, Dukes was indicted on August 28, 2017, by a Wilcox County Grand Jury for two counts of making a false statement, one count of hindering the apprehension of a criminal and one count of concealing the death of another.

            Although Ryan Duke, the Ocilla man arrested for the murder of Grinstead, has been sitting behind bars waiting for his trial date, Bo Dukes has been out on bond since March 3, 2017.

            As for the main suspect in the Grinstead case, a hearing for Ryan Duke took place last Monday where several motions were filed and Judge Bill Reinhardt has yet to make a decision on those motions.

            The Enterprise spoke with Duke’s attorney, Ashleigh Merchant, about the hearing last Monday and Merchant stated, “The judge has not yet ruled on any of the motions in the Duke matter. We are still awaiting ruling.”

            The Enterprise will continue following this story and will release new information as it becomes available.


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