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Man sentenced on gun charge

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A Columbus resident received a six-year prison sentence for carrying a hand-

gun without a license, stemming from an incident involving his girlfriend and her nephew.

The conviction marked the 10th time Freddie McKinzie, 33, 2629 Pavia Court, has been convicted of a crime, according to the sentencing order Tuesday by Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Stephen Heimann. Two years of the sentence were suspended.

McKinzie also was sentenced to 272 days in jail for resisting law enforcement and attempted criminal mischief. He was given credit for 136 days served in jail. Heimann ordered these two sentences to run concurrently.

However, Heimann ordered the sentence for carrying a handgun without a license to be served consecutively with the other two sentences.

McKinzie will serve two years on probation upon release from prison.

He pleaded guilty Jan. 14 to resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; and carrying a handgun without a license, a Class C felony.

Heimann found no mitigating factors for reducing the sentences. The judge said in the sentencing order that McKinzie’s criminal history, previous violation of probation and probable cause to believe he committed additional crimes of perjury and invasion of privacy served as aggravating factors for determining the sentences.

According to police reports:

  • At 11:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Columbus police received a call from a resident of the Candlelight Village Mobile Home Park who said he had seen a man with a gun chasing a woman in the 2600 block of Rosedale Drive and shouting that he was going to shoot her.
  • Police arrived at the scene and spotted McKinzie, who matched the description provided by the caller.
  • When police ordered McKinzie to stop, he fled. A foot chase ensued, but police lost track of him on Nicholas Lane.
  • A perimeter was established and a police dog was used to track McKinzie. The dog led police to Middle Road, where police spotted McKinzie and arrested him.
  • While police drove McKinzie to the Bartholomew County Jail, he tried to kick out the windows of the patrol car. Police stopped the vehicle to secure his legs.
  • A 24-year-old woman told police that she had an off-and-on relationship with McKinzie, and there had been an argument in her home that became physical. She told police that McKinzie had earlier battered her and threatened to shoot her.
  • McKinzie threatened to throw the woman’s 6-year-old nephew from a balcony, she told the police. After the threat, McKinzie pushed her outside, shut the door and locked it, she said.
  • When the woman told police that McKinzie owned two guns, a search of the area where he was apprehended resulted in the discovery of two guns.

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