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Nashville gang member gets 24 years after breaking inmate's jaw and ribs

A Nashville gang member has been sentenced to just over 24 years in jail after losing his plea agreement for assaulting another inmate. PHOTO: Metro Nashville Police

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Nashville gang member has been sentenced to just over 24 years in jail after losing his plea agreement for assaulting another inmate.

The Department of Justice says 28-year-old Deunta Finch, known as "LT," is a ranking member of the Athens Park Bloods with multiple felony convictions. Finch pleaded guilty in January 2017 to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, attempting to commit a robbery, and possessing, discharging a firearm during the robbery attempt.

The charges stem from a 2015 shootout with occupants of another vehicle which left him injured. Finch was arrested on outstanding warrants, but then failed to appear in court.

He was arrested again in November 2015 and was found in possession of a 9mm that had been used a week earlier in a drug-related shooting at the Lexington Garden Apartments in Madison.

Finch entered a plea agreement in January 2017 that would have sentenced him to 15 years in jail. However, weeks after, the government withdrew from the agreement after Finch assaulted and seriously injured another inmate. The DOJ says Finch seriously injured the inmate while in a Kentucky jail, breaking the man's jaw and ribs.

Finch was sentenced on Friday to 290 months in prison.

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