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Parolee who shot Richmond County sheriff's deputy arrested with gun

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 5:46 PM
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An Augusta man out on parole from serving time for shooting a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy is back in jail after being arrested with a gun.

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Carl Brandon

FROM THE ARCHIVES:

Carl Lamont Brandon, 39, is being held at the Columbia County jail on charges that include shoplifting, fleeing and attempting to elude police and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to jail records.

Brandon was arrested Oct. 8 after an employee of Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway spotted him pocket a pair of headphones and walk out without paying, according to a Columbia County sheriff’s report. The employee pursued the shoplifter into the parking lot and saw him leave in a blue sport utility vehicle.

Minutes later, a sheriff’s deputy spotted Brandon and tried to stop him on Bobby Jones Expressway. Police say Brandon sped away across the Lowe’s parking lot and behind Kmart, where he was cornered in a dead-end, a police report states.

The deputy found the missing headphones nearby and a Hi-Point 9 mm pistol concealed under a seat, the report said.

Brandon had been on parole for about 11 months, according to state Department of Corrections records. He was serving a 45-year sentence in the March 1990 shooting of Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy David James.

Brandon, who was 16 at the time, shot James five times – once in the temple and four times in the back – as the deputy was retrieving rain gear from the trunk of his police cruiser. James lost an eye and kidney but still works as a sheriff’s training sergeant.

He said he was aware of Brandon’s recent arrest, but declined to offer comment Tuesday.

District Attorney Ashley Wright said Brandon had waived his right to a parole violation hearing.

“He basically stipulated that he had committed an act that violates his parole,” she said.

Because his new charges are nonviolent in nature, Wright said the parole board will likely categorize them as a “low level of severity,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be going back to prison.

“The fact that he is out committing other offenses with a gun in his possession does not bode well,” Wright said.

“Anybody that shoots a law enforcement officer is someone we are going to pay attention to,” she said. “He will get the recognition of a violent felon who has reoffended not too long after he was released from custody.”

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tanbaby
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tanbaby 10/23/12 - 06:10 pm
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so even spending 20+ years in
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so even spending 20+ years in prison doesn't change or even slightly alter a [filtered word]thugs mentality......

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/23/12 - 06:13 pm
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"Low level of severity" my

"Low level of severity" my foot! He should finish the 45 year sentence with time for the current crimes tacked on.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/23/12 - 06:42 pm
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He must want to go home to prison - so let him.

Hi-Point 9mm - Cheap as you can get.
Lucky if it chambers 2 rounds in a row without a jam.
The High Points I have seen, require a hammer and center punch, in order to disassemble to just to clean. $160 new in most places.
I use 40cal Colt 1911 S70 with 200 gr JHP. You don't have to double tap with a 40, like you do with a 9mm.

In addition, it goes to show, while citizens are jumping through hoops to get a carry permit, Criminals save the time, money, and could careless.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 10/23/12 - 06:55 pm
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Geez

The parole board must have thought that this poor human was sorry for shooting a LEO and had been rehabilitated. Shows you the minds of bleeding heart liberals.

How many would like to bet he will be back on the streets in 5?

Farmboy
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Farmboy 10/23/12 - 07:19 pm
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That old saying..

If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. That's what I am going to do.

thauch12
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thauch12 10/23/12 - 07:28 pm
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What kind of story is this?

The important thing is that the guy shot someone and is out on parole...who cares that it was a cop? It doesn't make the crime any worse...

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/23/12 - 07:44 pm
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I CARE....

I CARE....

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 10/23/12 - 09:02 pm
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Leave him in prison

He shot and permanently injured a deputy that was doing his job – he should have served the full 45 years without parole. Now, he is out violating his parole, stealing, endangering many lives by fleeing the police and he was armed so don’t tell me these are low level non-violent offenses. If our state will not do their job then turn him over to the ATF for a convicted violent felon in possession of a firearm. The Feds will give him 10 years of which he will serve at least 90%.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/24/12 - 07:36 am
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Shooting a LEO is special.

updated to correct a typo

It shows a TOTAL disregard for all the laws of society.
Such people feel they (CAN) inflict injury on anyone anytime ,and they answer to no one but themselves.

There should be no parole for LEO shooters.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 10/23/12 - 10:46 pm
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Well I'm sure there's a

Well I'm sure there's a bleeding heart somewhere in Augusta that will give him a second (or third, or fourth) chance, or maybe even an alternative to incarceration.

thauch12
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thauch12 10/23/12 - 11:33 pm
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Lots of people get shot who

Lots of people get shot who are have jobs and do them. It's high time people stop putting law enforcement on a separate morality scale. They do jobs just like everyone else.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 10/24/12 - 12:58 am
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Unbelievable

... this story MUST be a total fabrication; any liberal will tell you that gun control laws prevent crime. Why, it's ILLEGAL for a convicted criminal to vote or own a firearm. Unless they're contrite and were disadvantaged as children.

Ruckus
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Ruckus 10/24/12 - 01:41 am
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Carl Lamont Brandon

Oh by the way if this guy was a drug dealer he would have still been locked up. Just imagine if he would have shot that Walmart worker or the deputy persuing him. Our justice system is stricker on non violent offenders.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/24/12 - 07:41 am
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One poster here must be yanking our chain,

or taking 800mg Liberal pills 3x a day, related to the idiot in some way, or ......
wants their gun back.

Riverrunner30909
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Riverrunner30909 10/24/12 - 07:43 am
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Lowlife
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They should put him on public execution by firing squad maybe that will help stop some of the madness.

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rmwhitley 10/24/12 - 08:14 am
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Wonder where
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brandon got the weapon? his church? Maybe from another low-life criminal he met at the University of Penitentiary?

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beboisme 10/24/12 - 08:23 am
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thauch12 I have news for you!

thauch12 I have news for you! Correct many people do get shot everyday who are not LEO, but it's not everyday they put themselves into the line of fire to serve and protect the uninformed who post junk like you did. Case and point, Deputy JD Paugh, and that's all I need to say,except; Picture this if you think LEO is rated way to high on a morality scale. You've just been T-boned on the drivers side of your vehicle and your trapped inside the car that is now on fire and not one of the by standers are offering to render help to you. Time is ticking by and the heat is getting to my feet and legs, and still no one is helping, until I see his face and his badge and I knew I wasn't going to burn alive. In my eyes LEO will always be on the highside of my morality scale and be sure one day sir your attitude may change towards those who swear to serve and protect all of us, as somethiing like this may happen to you. Then you realize John and Jane Doe is just a John and Jane and not one of those Johns or Janes risked their own lives to save mine. It took a special person to step out of the norm and become a LEO,and he was there to save my life. It's not always a high speed chase, a shootout at the O.K bar, or traffic fines, but often times incidents like this or going into a home where there is a domestic dispute and the spouse is hanging on for dear life after her husband has shot her and he's going to shoot whoever comes in the door for her. I will also mention the affects this has on the kids who have witnessed dad shooting mom and need to be consoled after the smoke has cleared. Most of the LEO keep stuffed animals in their trunks just for the little ones in an effort to help with the raw emotions of a terrible situation. LEO comes in all sizes, all races, but all come with higher morales and standards that exemplifies what it truly is to be a LEO. So until you walk in their shoes or have had a serious need for one of these solid as a rock LEO's do not slam their importance to anyone who truly knows what they are made of and what they swore to do for us.

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LillyfromtheMills 10/24/12 - 08:31 am
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This has to stop!

This Brandon person has no regards for human life and is a danger to society.

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JRC2024 10/24/12 - 08:56 am
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What a non-important person

What a non-important person this brandon person is. Put him away for the remainder of the 45 years.

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MarinerMan 10/24/12 - 09:15 am
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@thauch12
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What kind of a silly (well, it starts with an 's') comment is that? This piece of trash was already on his criminal way, @ 16. And he shot a law enforcement officer ! Five times ! Law abiding citizens CARE ! This now worthless piece of protoplasm should be sealed in chunk of concrete for 45 years.

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sisjames 10/24/12 - 09:28 am
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Thauch12

Being the sister of Deputy James, I am so upset of the comment by thauch12. Please do me a favor do not call 911 if someone where to shoot you five times. These deputies put there lives on the line 24-7 for you and me. So yes they are above you! Brandon was giving a second chance when he was released before his time was up. He just proved that he does not care about anybody but himself. He is a grown man now and does know right from wrong, he chose wrong. No one can tell me that he did not have a chance to do right because he does. There are churches all over the CSRA that help people that are wanting to get there life on the right track. Brandon needs to go back to prison serve the remainder of his time and more time for caring a firearm. The shooting happened March2, 1990.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/24/12 - 10:17 am
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Judging from past posts, it

Judging from past posts, it appears that person has a grudge with law enforcement.
As far as a being morally superior, I disagree. The average person on the street will risk their own lives to help others in danger, you see it all the time. On top of that, it isn't even their job.

That said, we cannot tolerate any level violence against law enforcement. If that is allowed and not severely dealt with, anarchy is only a few steps away. An officer's life is no more valuable than the next persons, but their postion and uniform ARE. Zero tolerance!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/24/12 - 10:20 am
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@ sisjames

I know your mom (through A. Day). Very sweet lady and I hope she is well.

thauch12
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thauch12 10/24/12 - 11:53 am
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No, a job is a job. I'm glad

No, a job is a job. I'm glad there are people who DECIDE to go into law enforcement as a career.
I've served in the armed forces...does that mean I expect a different standard of morality because of the career that I chose to go into? The answer is no.
A law enforcement office will get the same amount of respect anyone else would get in my book, nothing more nothing less. Like any one of them will tell you, they're "just doing their job."

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InChristLove 10/24/12 - 12:34 pm
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thauch12, I think what you

thauch12, I think what you fail to understand that yeah a job is a job but in Law Enforcement, to most, it's more than just a job, it's a life. There is a difference.

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Little Lamb 10/24/12 - 01:03 pm
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Timeline

Am I understanding the dates correctly? James got a 45-year sentence in 1991 and then was set free on parole in 2011? Is it common to serve less than half your sentence?

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Little Lamb 10/24/12 - 01:05 pm
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Poster

Carl Brandon could become the poster boy for the Richard Roundtree campaign for sheriff. Brandon could become Roundtree's Willie Horton. You see, one of Roundtree's campaign pledges is to put fewer lawbreakers in jail, instead giving them a second chance, a third chance, and more chances.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 10/24/12 - 01:24 pm
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LL

"Is it common to serve less than half your sentence?"

It sure is and very common.

Check out those given life sentences and see how many are out in 20 or less.

thauch12
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thauch12 10/24/12 - 02:07 pm
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InChristLove, that same

InChristLove, that same argument can be made about any profession. In fact, it's what separates a profession from a mere job. Then again calling something a profession implies professionalism which is an entirely different matter...

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/24/12 - 03:34 pm
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thauch, you would have to be

thauch, you would have to be in law enforcement to understand and no you can not say that about any profession. A profession is a vocation founded upon specialized educational training.....you can be a professional in computer technology but it not be part of your life, only a job. You can be a professional lawyer, accountant, etc...and it not become your life. When you are in law enforcement and it becomes a part of your life and an extension of your family, it's more than just a job or a profession, but then you wouldn't understand unless you were involved in law enforcement. I disagree with your statement "that same argument can be made about any profession"

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