Man accused of beating drug informant sentenced to 12 years

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Keith Griffith was indicted on federal charges and has now been sentenced to twelve years behind bars after beating a drug informant during a drug deal.

During the sentencing in the Federal Court House in Lexington, both the informant and Griffith's co-defendant, Aaron Brennen, testified about Griffith's role in the beating.

According to testimony, the confidential informant told Richmond Police Officers he would buy crack-cocaine from Griffith wearing a recording device in order to avoid an arrest.

The informant said on the stand that he had successfully purchased crack-cocaine from Griffith once before returning to buy again. Both times, he says he was wired.

The second time, the informant says following the drug deal in Griffith's Sizemore Road apartment, Griffith figured out he was an informant and started beating him. Brennen also testified that he started beating the informant and Griffith pistol-whipped him and removed the recording device.

During the attack, the informant says he was able to call police from his cell phone to get help.

Griffith was sentenced to 12 years behind bars. Brennen will be sentenced later this month.

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