SHERMAN, TX - A Grayson County jury sentenced Gregory Shane Bailey to the maximum punishment in the the murder of his girlfriend and children's mother, Sarah Swaim of Sherman. Bailey was sentenced to life in prison and a $10,000 fine late Friday afternoon.
The jury returned a guilty verdict Friday afternoon and then the sentence about two hours later at the Grayson County Courthouse in downtown Sherrman.
Today on the stand, Bailey changed his account of what happened on the night of Sarah's death. He testified that he found her lifeless body in their bedroom the morning after they shared a liter of vodka. Then with their 2-year-old daughter in the vehicle, he said he drove Swaim's body, wrapped in carpet, to a brush pile in Denison where he dumped her.
In closing arguments, the prosecution said the defendant "brutally and savagely and in a drunken rage intended to kill Sarah." The prosecution said, "This is ugly, and the truth is ugly. Sarah Swaim died an ugly death and was treated like trash."
The defense ended asking why Bailey would kill Sarah during that time in their lives, when the two were planning to get married.
We'll have much more on Bailey's murder conviction coming up at 6.