Smith County jury convicts gang member accused of assaulting officer, drug offenses
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A member of a Tyler street gang was given a prison sentence of nearly 50 years after being convicted of charges related to drugs and assaulting a police officer.
Anthony Bendy, Jr., 35, of Tyler, was sentenced by a Smith County jury to 45 years in prison for the offense of Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance with a Deadly Weapon. Prosecutors Noah Coltman and Emil Mikkelsen presented evidence that officers with the Tyler Police Department stopped Bendy on May 1, 2020 for a traffic offense. When the officer made contact with Bendy, he observed a jar of marijuana in the back seat of the vehicle. After backup arrived, the officers asked Bendy to step out of the vehicle so he could be detained for a search of the vehicle. Bendy then grabbed a bag out of the vehicle that was later found to contain methamphetamine, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and various other drugs, along with a handgun, digital scale, and over $1800 in cash. Bendy then began to fight with the officer, striking one of them in the face and slamming the other on the pavement, causing a concussion and two broken ribs.
During this struggle, Bendy attempted to take the injured officer’s weapon but was unable to do so. Bendy then fled officers on foot and escaped. After four days of searching by law enforcement, detectives with the Tyler Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety were able to lure Bendy to a hotel to arrest him after posing as an interested female on Facebook.
The jury also heard evidence of Bendy’s four prior felony convictions, lewd behavior directed at female jailers, and his longstanding membership in a criminal street gang. Bendy will be eligible for parole in 22.5 years.
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