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Birmingham’s Biggest Crooks: Dedrick Griham


In August, we’re celebrating Birmingham’s Biggest Crooks, whether they be liars, thieves, extortionists, swindlers or thugs. Running daily until Birmingham mayor Larry Langford’s Aug. 31 federal trial. Thanks to Bhamwiki for helping with this project.

Dedrick Griham

Dedrick GrihamPositions held: robber, kidnapper, felon

Wanted for: carjacking and related gun charges

Date of conviction: Nov. 13, 2006

Sentence: Life plus 84 years in prison.

Criminally fun fact: Griham served 5 years of a 20-year sentence for a Mobile robbery when he was paroled in 2005. He abducted a Birmingham attorney from the parking lot of her downtown apartment. Birmingham police captured him at a Homewood motel and freed his captive.

He later escaped from Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore County, but was recaptured when federal agents found him in a cardboard box in West End.

On the stand, he accused his victim of setting up the whole crime with a prostitute named ”Pumpkin.”

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