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Badgero indicted as habitual felon

A grand jury has indicted Frederick Badgero for being a habitual felon. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A grand jury has indicted a man charged with harboring and assisting Phillip Stroupe II.

Frederick Badgero was indicted for being a habitual felon. Badgero, Jennifer Hawkins and Larry Hawkins reportedly harbored Stroupe in a home in Barnardsville while he was on the run from police last month. The three are also accused of being accessories after the fact to first-degree murder.

Badgero has been convicted of felonies three times other times.

Court records also said Badgero told investigators he served time in prison with Stroupe in 1999.

Stroupe is accused of accused of kidnapping and killing Thomas Bryson. Stroupe, who was driving Bryson's truck when he was captured in McDowell County, was the subject of a six-day, multicounty manhunt that shut down part of Pisgah National Forest.

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