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Federal meth inmate returned to Hawkins to answer robbery, assault charges

Jeff Bobo • May 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who was sentenced to 140 months on federal meth charges last month was returned to Rogersville this week to answer robbery, assault and burglary charges from last year.

Leonard Brad Eidson, 43, of Bulls Gap, and a female accomplice were arrested in Cocke County a day after their March 13, 2017 alleged home invasion robbery at a Bulls Gap residence.

Lonzo Fredrick Evans, of Summit Hill Road, told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office that a female later identified as Heather Darlene Gilbert, 27, of Mohawk, and an unknown male came to his door asking to use the phone because they were having car trouble.

A short time later, Eidson allegedly came into the residence uninvited and assaulted him with a metal pipe.

Evans told police that Eidson pulled a handgun, pointed it in his face and said, “I’m going to kill you.”

Evans said he was able to get out the door and run next door to his mother’s residence to call 911. He reported items missing from his home including multiple cell phones, various medications and keys valued at approximately $200.

Eidson was charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and theft.

He had been held in the Hawkins County Jail on those charges until last August when he and 17 co-defendants were named in a federal indictment charging them with distributing at least one kilogram, or about $100,000 worth, of meth in Hawkins County every week.

Last month, Eidson was sentenced to 140 months in federal prison on the meth charges.

Gilbert was sentenced to three years in exchange for a guilty plea to aggravated assault in March.

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