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Convicted drug kingpin Richard Grundy's sentencing set for Thursday

Life in prison likely
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Posted at 6:29 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 18:29:19-05

INDIANAPOLIS—Convicted Indianapolis drug kingpin Richard Grundy is scheduled to be sentenced this Thursday, four months after a federal jury found him guilty on all counts.

In August, following a lengthy federal trial, jurors convicted Grundy and four other defendants on all counts: Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Conspiracy to Launder Money.

His conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

According to the U.S. Attorney in Indianapolis, Grundy headed a drug trafficking operation that distributed more than 400 pounds of methamphetamine, as well as large amounts of cocaine, marijuana and heroin in Indianapolis between August 2016 and November 2017.

Grundy and the four co-defendants first went on trial July 8 in Indianapolis. But just two days later, a mistrial was declared over a violation of a court order involving personal juror information. After the mistrial, the decision was made to move the retrial to Evansville, 180 miles away.

Four years ago, Grundy faced multiple charges in another case heard in Marion County Criminal Court. The charges included four counts of Conspiracy to Commit Murder. But nine of those charges were eventually thrown out and Grundy pleaded guilty to one count of Dealing in Marijuana. For that, he was sentenced to probation.