Two convicted felons in high-profile cases face sentencing today

Gregory E. Ligon

Russell M. Grimes

DOVER — Two men convicted in separate high profile cases last year are scheduled for sentencing today in Kent County Superior Court:

• Former Delaware State University football player and graduate Gregory E. Ligon will learn his fate regarding an on-campus vehicle crash into several victims during homecoming weekend on Oct. 28, 2015.

Judge Robert B. Young found Ligon guilty of felony first-degree vehicular assault, misdemeanor second-degree assault (four counts) and driving under the influence. The felony could bring up to three years in prison, the misdemeanors one year each.

According to prosecutors at the trial, Ligon’s Mercedes Benz accidentally careened out of control and hit several bystanders during an attempt to parallel park at 7:28 p.m. The vehicle jumped a curb and traveled more than 120 feet in four seconds, clipped one tree and crashed into another, according to evidence presented by the Delaware Department of Justice.

• Russell M. Grimes was convicted on nine felony counts connected to his role in a 2011 Felton area bank robbery.

Grimes was accused by the prosecution of driving a getaway vehicle from the First National Bank of Wyoming after a co-conspirator allegedly committed armed robbery inside on Aug. 26, 2011.

Charges on which wa s convicted include first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, five counts of second-degree reckless endangering, second-degree conspiracy and possession of a firearm/ammunition by person prohibited.

With prior felony convictions, Grimes could potentially qualify as a habitual offender.

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