R.I.P. "Granny" Groves

Eighty-six-year-old Alva Mae “Granny” Groves, who was sentenced to 24 years in the federal pen for what she and her supporters insist was solely refusing to testify against her children in a federal coke dealing case, died behind bars last week at the federal prison medical facility in Fort Worth, reports the Drug Reform Coordination Network.

The North Carolina native, who was transferred to the Texas pen after her kidneys began to fail earlier this year, had served 13 years of her sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess and intent to sell cocaine, and for aiding and abetting the trade of crack coke for food stamps, DRCNet reports. Federal prosecutors have said that Granny Groves was actively involved in the cocaine trade. She, her family members and supporters insist that is not the case – rather, they argue, Granny was guilty of looking the other way and for refusing to testify against her children in cases that would put them behind bars for life.

Last winter, Groves family asked officials for a “compassionate release” for Granny Groves, so that she could die at home with family. Their requests were denied.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Drug War
4:20 on 5/3: Rally for Pot-Law Reform
4:20 on 5/3: Rally for Pot-Law Reform
Million Marijuana March this Saturday in Austin

Jordan Smith, May 1, 2014

Justice Says Legalize It
Justice Says Legalize It
Retired Supreme Court judge weighs in on pot prohibition

Jordan Smith, April 25, 2014

More by Jordan Smith
'Chrome Underground' Goes Classic Car Hunting
'Chrome Underground' Goes Classic Car Hunting
Motoreum's Yusuf & Antonio talk about the biz and their reality TV debut

May 22, 2014

Eighth Inmate of the Year Set to Die
Eighth Inmate of the Year Set to Die
Eighth inmate of the year set to die

May 9, 2014


Drug War, cocaine

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle