Notorious Hawkins criminal gets eight years for 2015 kidnapping, robbery

Jeff Bobo • Sep 6, 2018 at 6:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man accused of a 2015 kidnapping, robbery and assault accepted a plea agreement Friday that gives him eight years behind bars on those charges, as well as another 10 years on house arrest for charges he picked up while incarcerated awaiting trial.

Brandon Eugene Frost, 32, of Rogersville was accused of kidnapping, beating and robbing a 60-year-old man on July 30, 2015.

Among the charges he faced were especially aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated robbery, both of which are Class A felonies that could have landed him a 15-25 year sentence.

On Friday, Frost pleaded guilty to the reduced aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges, as well as a second count of aggravated kidnapping, tampering with evidence, identity theft and credit card fraud.

On those charges Frost was sentenced to eight years, 100 percent behind bars.

He also pleaded guilty to some charges he incurred while awaiting trial including vandalism over $1,000 for breaking a jail fire sprinkler on March 1, 2016; two counts of introduction of contraband into a penal institution from June and November of 2016; and a misdemeanor vandalism charge and assault on an officer from February of 2017.

On those charges he was sentenced to a total of 10 years of community corrections, which usually means house arrest.

That gives him a total sentence of 18 years — eight behind bars and 10 on community corrections. He was given credit for the three years he already served in jail awaiting trial.

At the time of Frost’s 2015 arrest, he was already one of Hawkins County’s most notorious criminals, having been arrested at least 45 times in the county on more than 70 charges.

He was identified and arrested on July 31, 2015 thanks to an ATM surveillance video from the previous night that reportedly captured an image of his face when his scarf mask dropped down for a moment.

The victim told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office that he arrived home around 11:45 p.m. that night and was walking toward his residence after exiting his vehicle when a male later identified as Frost came up behind him, pushed him and struck him in the head with an unknown object, causing him to fall to the ground.

The victim said Frost then tied his hands behind him, removed his wallet, cut his belt with a knife and demanded the code for his ATM card.

Then Frost blindfolded the man, put him in the passenger side of the victim’s truck, and drove him to the ATM, where he withdrew money.

The man was then driven to Devil’s Nose Road a few miles north of Rogersville. Frost told the victim he was being left where he could be found and then parked the truck and secured his neck to the seat headrest with cable ties.

When officers went to Frost’s residence to ask him about the incident, they reportedly observed the man’s bank card in plain view on a dresser as well as the clothing and other items used in the kidnapping and armed robbery in a Dumpster beside Frost’s apartment.


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