St. Paul Man Pleads Guilty To Kidnapping, Beating Girlfriend
ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A 22-year-old St. Paul man has pleaded guilty in the brutal kidnapping and beating of his girlfriend in late January, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.
In Ramsey County District Court Thursday, Brandon Joshua Fourre, 22, pleaded guilty to one felony count of kidnapping and one felony count of second-degree assault.
During the hearing, Fourre admitted to beating and confining his live-in girlfriend for three days from Jan. 28 to Jan. 31, 2012.
According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 13, police were called to the Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury on report of an assault. There, the victim told officers she had been held hostage by Fourre from Jan. 28 until he left for work on Jan. 31.
The victim, who claimed she has been abused during the entirety of their five-year relationship together, said Fourre accused her of being unfaithful and proceeded to assault her after duct taping her mouth shut and taping her wrists together.
The criminal complaint alleges he hit her head with a wooden chair at one point with enough force to break one of the legs from the chair. The charges also say Fourre beat the victim with a pool cue, kicked her repeatedly and held a shotgun to her head.
He allegedly also threw her out into their snow-filled backyard naked from the waist down before dragging her back inside.
At one point, he logged into her Facebook account and deleted all of her male friends, the complaint says, before posting derogatory things on her page.
Fourre allegedly took a day off from work on Monday to continue the torture. According to the complaint, Fourre had a friend drop off some pain medication, tea and honey because his foot and voice were sore from the prolonged verbal and physical abuse.
As part of the agreement, Fourre faces 57 months in prison for the kidnapping charge and 36 months for the assault charge, which totals to nearly eight years.
Fourre will be sentenced on July 26.