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Jury finds South Bend teen convicted of murder had gang ties

April 4, 2016

Jurors have decided a South Bend teenager found guilty of murder for bringing a gun to an alleged gang fight that led to the 2014 death of a 2-year-old also is guilty of criminal gang enhancement.

The finding by the jury Friday means 17-year-old Tyre Bradbury faces a base sentence of at least 90 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 26.

Prosecutors charged Bradbury with providing the handgun which fired the shot that killed 2-year-old John Swoveland Jr. in April 2014 as he played outside several blocks away.

Defense attorney Brendan Lahey said he is disappointed by the verdict. He said Bradbury wasn’t a member of a criminal gang but was part of a loose group of friends.

Bradbury is the seventh person convicted in the shooting.

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