Stroupe II Sentenced To Life In Prison


Last updated 9/1/2021 at 6:30pm

A four-year saga came to an end in Henderson County Superior Court on Tuesday, as Phillip Michael Stroupe II was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to the kidnapping and murder of Thomas Andrew Bryson in July 2017.

Bryson’s murder was the result of a tragic series of events that began with Stroupe eluding law enforcement and forcing a days-long manhunt after fleeing into the Pisgah National Forest and ended with his capture in McDowell County six days later.

Since his capture, Stroupe’s journey through the judicial system has been equal...

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