TRW bomb threat results in three year sentence for former employee

Jeff Bobo • Jun 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The former TRW Automotive employee who reportedly cost the company a million dollars in production last year when he called in a bomb threat will be required to pay restitution, but the amount has yet to be determined.

Brandon Tyler Powers, 23, 534 Church Lane, Church Hill, pleaded guilty in Hawkins County Criminal Court to one count of felony filing a false report before Judge John Dugger on June 20.

He was sentenced to three years, fined $500, but the amount of restitution he will be required to pay to TRW was reserved for 30 days.

“TRW is going to document exactly how much this bomb threat cost the company before the judge orders restitution,” said assistant attorney general Alex Pearson. “Based on the evidence and previous statements it could be a pretty substantial amount, but that has yet to be determined at this time.”

TRW officials reportedly told the Rogersville Police Department that the Aug. 22, 2012, bogus bomb threat cost the company about $1 million dollars in lost production after the plant was shut down and evacuated for a four-hour bomb search.

Shortly before 2 a.m. that morning, Rogersville police, firefighters and Hawkins County EMS were dispatched to the TRW plant located at 7500 Highway 11-W in response to a bomb threat received at the plant’s security guard shack.

TRW security guard Kristin Richards told police that at 1:38 a.m. she received a call in the guard shack from a male with a “husky voice” who said, “This is a bomb threat and you need to get everybody out of the building by 2:30 a.m.”

The building was immediately evacuated, and police were notified.

The Morristown Police Department also responded to the plant with a bomb-sniffing dog and conducted a search with police and firefighters, but no bomb was located.

The investigation later revealed that the bomb threat originated from a company phone outside the cafeteria in the plant.

Three TRW employees reportedly gave police statements that a person told them Powers had called in the bomb threat “to get out of work and to go home.”

Witnesses also reportedly stated they heard Brandon Tyler Powers talking on a cell phone in the bathroom stating “they have busted me” and ‘come pick me up from work.”

Other recent guilty pleas heard by Dugger include:

Kevin Michael Boyke

Molena Nicole Dowell

Casey Marie Kuhlman

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