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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man who prosecutors say ran a violent drug gang has received a life sentence in prison.

Richard Grundy III was sentenced Thursday morning on federal drug charges.

He was accused of selling more than 3,700 pounds of marijuana and 280 pounds of meth in Indianapolis between April 2016 and November 2017 while leading the so-called “Grundy Gang.”

At one point, Grundy was connected to as many as seven murders. Prosecutors dropped those charges in 2017 when Grundy entered a plea deal.

“Indianapolis is a safer community today with Grundy and his associates off the streets,” said US Attorney Josh Minkler. “This sentence sends a clear message that if you choose to traffic drugs into our neighborhoods and endanger our citizens, we will find you, and you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Four more people – Ezell Neville, 41, Undrae Moseby, 30, Derek Atwater, 33, and James Beasley, 39 – have been convicted in related cases. More than a dozen others pleaded guilty in the case.

The statuses of other co-defendants is as follows:

David C. Carroll, sentenced on Nov. 5, 2019, to 96 months

Michael Hyatte, sentenced on Dec. 18, 2018, to 12 months and one day 

Lance Hatcher, Jr., awaiting sentencing

Nathaniel Dixson, sentenced on Nov. 27, 2018, to 120 months

Conway Jefferson, dismissed on Nov. 17, 2017

Robert Lisenby, Jr., sentenced on Oct. 24, 2018, to 276 months

Torin A. Harris, sentenced on Nov. 26, 2018 to 120 months

John E. Bell, sentenced on Nov. 14, 2018, to 180 months

Shemilah D. Crowe, sentenced on May 2, 2019, to 60 months

Gilberto Vizcarra-Milan, sentenced on Dec. 5, 2019, to 300 months

Mario Eduado Villasenor, sentenced on Oct. 30, 2019, to 48 months

Christopher D. Bradford, pending trial

Emilio Mitchell, II, sentenced on Nov. 20, 2019, to 120 months

Thomas Bullock, sentenced on April 11, 2019, to 120 months

Mark T. Williams, sentenced on Dec. 11, 2019, to 240 months

Isiah T. Finch, sentenced on Sept. 25, 2019 to 36 months

Dion G. Madison, sentenced on April 10, 2019, to 97 months

Frank S. Early, sentenced on June 24, 2019, to 46 months

Emilio Mitchell, Jr., sentenced on May 14, 2019, to 57 months

Daona Le’Ann Gholston, sentenced on April 9, 2019, to 30 months

Previously, Grundy’s trial was moved to Evansville in July after a Marion County judge declared a mistrial.

At one point during that trial, the jury had to be replaced because Grundy stole un-redacted FBI documents from his attorney. He was assigned a new attorney for Thursday’s sentencing.

“Today’s sentencing is the culmination of years of cooperative efforts among local and federal law enforcement partners in Marion County,” said IMPD Chief Bryan Roach. 

In court, it was stated that his criminal record dates back to when he was just 12 years old. Grundy has requested to be placed in a prison near his family.

He said he plans to file an appeal.

(Photo provided by IMPD.)