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Associate of alleged gang leader sentenced in stolen IMPD gun case

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 14, 2015)-- A close associate of reputed murderous drug gang leader Richard Grundy was sentenced Monday to four years in prison on charges of resisting arrest and possessing a stolen Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) handgun after he was captured following a police chase in 2014.

Before he goes to prison, Anthony Tinnin, 28, will appear in domestic violence court Tuesday to face charges of beating his pregnant girlfriend in her bed at Community North Hospital last week.

“This is one of the worst criminal histories I have seen,” said Deputy Prosecutor Andrea Probst during Tinnin’s sentencing hearing following his guilty plea, noting eleven juvenile arrests, 25 adult arrests and nine felonies.

Defense Attorney Ted Minch argued for leniency, claiming Tinnin needs to care for his girlfriend who was shot in the head in 2014.

A Probable Cause Affidavit detailing last week’s hospital assault quoted a nurse who spotted Tinnin, “striking her about the head 3-4 times,” and, “he struck her another 2-3 times.”

“Mr. Tinnin then began hitting the left side of her head. (The patient) stated that she had been shot in the left side of her head by another male in the same location that Mr. Tinnin was hitting her,” read the court document.

The woman is eleven weeks pregnant with her second child by Tinnin.

“She denies him access to her vehicle, he becomes upset, assaults her, then assaults a nurse and destroys property which was a cell phone as they tried to call security,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams. “If you’re going to assault your girlfriend or the mother of your children who is in a hospital bed receiving treatment, that right there indicates this individual has a propensity for violence and this is the type of violence that can escalate to other unfortunate incidents.”

Tinnin was wearing a home detention electronic monitoring device at the time of the alleged assault.

He faces charges of battery with bodily injury to a pregnant woman, domestic battery, battery resulting in bodily injury, criminal mischief damage and resisting law enforcement.

Tinnin and Grundy were arrested in June of 2014 after a vehicle pursuit on the near east side. Both men escaped on foot and were later captured.

Discovered in the car was an IMPD gun stolen in 2013. Tinnin took responsibility for the weapon.

In a Probable Cause Affidavit filed last week in support of four murder and one conspiracy charge against Grundy, prosecutors claim Grundy and Tinnin were involved in a 2012 nightclub fight that led to a war between rival street crews and possibly more than two dozen unsolved killings.

Grundy has been jailed since late January after police say he led them on a north side chase punctuated with gunfire and the recovery of cocaine and $109,000 in cash and six arrests.

His drug possession trial is set for mid-October. Grundy is due in court October 4 to determine if he can afford a private attorney or request court-appointed counsel to defend him on the murder charges.

Attorney David Hennessey told CBS4 News that he has not been hired to represent Grundy on the murder case, though he represents him on the drug charges.

Sources tell CBS4 News that investigators are continuing their attempts to dismantle the Grundy crew as the most recent PC indicates that informants and tape recorded phone calls from inside the Marion County Jail have helped build the conspiracy cases.

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