Bankroll Freddie, whose real name is Freddie Gladney III, is a rising rapper from Arkansas who signed with Quality Control Music in 2018. He is known for his songs such as “Drip Like Dis” and “Rich Off Grass”. On October 17, 2019, he and his cousin were staying at the Comfort Inn and Suites near The Battery in Cobb County, Georgia. They were getting ready to check out of their motel room when they heard a knock on the door.
Full Details On How Ex Police Officer Justin Mikale Thorne Set Up Bankroll Freddie To Get Robbed Before Getting Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
It was Justin Mikale Thorne, who was wearing his Atlanta police uniform and badge. He claimed that he was there to investigate a noise complaint. As soon as they opened the door, two masked men rushed in and held them at gunpoint. They demanded money and jewelry from the rapper and his cousin. They took about $60,000 worth of cash and valuables and fled the scene.
Thorne was not a random stranger who happened to be at the motel. He was actually a disgraced ex-cop who had resigned from the Atlanta Police Department two weeks before the robbery. He was under investigation for allegedly taking a bribe from a suspect in exchange for making a warrant go away.
He had also been involved in other criminal activities, such as selling drugs and guns. He had met the two robbers through his illicit dealings and had planned the robbery with them. He had used his police uniform and badge to gain access to the motel and to act as a lookout for the robbers.
The crime was captured on surveillance cameras at the motel. The footage showed Thorne parking his car at the motel and talking to the two men in a Toyota Camry. It also showed him walking around the fourth floor with his gun and badge, pretending to patrol the area. It also showed him knocking on the door of Bankroll Freddie’s room, and standing by as the two men entered and robbed him and his cousin.
The Cobb County Police Department launched an investigation into the robbery and identified Thorne as one of the suspects. They also identified the two robbers as Darrin Bernard Barnes and Deandre Minkens. They arrested all three of them and charged them with multiple felonies, including armed robbery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, impersonating an officer, and violation of oath by a public officer.
Thorne initially denied any involvement in the robbery and claimed that he was forced to participate by someone who had threatened his family. However, he later changed his story and admitted his guilt. He pleaded guilty to several charges on May 10, 2023. On May 22, 2023, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard II. He also received five years of probation after his release.
The sentencing of Thorne marked the end of a shocking case that exposed the corruption and betrayal of a former police officer who abused his power and authority to rob an innocent rapper and his cousin. It also served as a reminder that no one is above the law, and that justice will be served for those who commit crimes.