JACKSON, Tennessee -- The man charged with killing a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent in 2016 pleaded guilty on Monday.
Brenden Tyler Burns who had been charged with murder in the perpetration of attempted especially aggravated robbery, attempted especially aggravated robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon in the death of Special Agent De'Greaun "Dee" Frazier, according to The Jackson Sun.
Burns will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Frazier was working with Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics on an undercover drug operation on Aug. 9, 2016 when he was shot in the back by Burns.
The 35-year-old law enforcement officer was pronounced dead at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, marking the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's first LODD.
"Our family is grateful that a resolution has been reached in Dee's murder case," Shannon Frazier, De'Greaun Frazier's widow, said in a statement. "Though closure may never come for us, we believe we can begin to move forward knowing that the person who took him from us will spend the rest of his life in prison, forced to think about his actions on August 9, 2016. We miss Dee every day and hold dear to our memories."
District Attorney General Jody Pickens stated that Frazier lost his life trying to make Tennessee a safer place.
"This case is a reminder of the sacrifices that the brave men and women of law enforcement stand ready to make every day," he stated. "It is also a reminder that our world has many dark corners that the everyday citizen is afraid to enter, but that we also have a group of people who tread where others cannot or will not go in an effort to make all of us safer."