Sandi Gregory

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Sandra Eubank Gregory (born 1972) is an attorney and owner of a family law practice with offices at 1 Independence Plaza in Homewood.

She earned a bachelor's degree in English and political science at Florida State University in 1993. She served as a Cordell Hull Teaching Fellow in 1997 and graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in 1998. She was recognized as a "Rising Star" by Birmingham magazine in 2009 . Gregory was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 2016 and was certified in family law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 2017. She is divorced and has one daughter.

Gregory was formerly employed in the firm of Marcus A. Jones III and was a partner with Laura Susan Hardin in the firm of Gregory and Hardin LLC from 2009 to 2011, and in the firm of Gregory, Burns & Brashier until 2013.

Abduction

At 8:00 in the morning of May 31, 2006 Dedrick Griham, a 35-year old felon recently evicted from a halfway house, forced Gregory at gunpoint into her boyfriend's Lexus RX300 in the parking lot of her Watts Tower apartment. A construction worker at a nearby building witnessed the abduction and notified police, who recovered video tape from the building's security camera for release to the media.

After stops at three AmSouth Bank branches (Fairfield, Five Points West and Forestdale) to withdraw cash from her account, the vehicle was abandoned in the 1500 block of Arthur Shores Drive in the mostly-empty Cooper Green Housing Community around 9:45. Jermain Bailey, a college student, then gave the two a ride to the Comfort Inn on West Oxmoor Road in Homewood and rented them a room in exchange for $40. He said he saw nothing amiss. Gregory spoke to her boyfriend briefly by telephone at 11:00 AM, but was unable to give any information to him.

Between 4:45 and 5:30 in the afternoon Birmingham Police surrounded Gregory and her abductor, who were located in room 226. She had been bound and raped, but was not gravely injured. Her abductor was taken into custody. On Friday, June 2, Griham was charged with first degree kidnapping, robbery, rape and sodomy and held without bond. He escaped from prison on September 7 in Elmore County.

In March 2007 Gregory filed a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the Shepherds Fold halfway house alleging that Griham should never have been paroled from his earlier sentence.

References

  • Robinson, Carol & Val Walton (May 31, 2006) "Lawyer kidnapped in Birmingham; tag number released." The Birmingham News
  • Robinson, Carol & Val Walton (June 1, 2006) "Nine-hour ordeal ends with rescue." The Birmingham News
  • Robinson, Carol (March 28, 2007) "Attorney files suit; says her abductor shouldn't have been paroled." The Birmingham News

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