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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


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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LillyfromtheMills 10/24/12 - 03:34 pm

I feel like H Angie - who did I offend? Maybe I won't play with ya'll anymore!

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 10/24/12 - 04:03 pm
Abuse Warning

Don't give up, Lilly. Many of us have gotten abuse warnings. Use them as learning tools and keep on posting. You have some good things to say.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 10/24/12 - 04:06 pm
Revolving Door

Georgia prisons have been designated by federal judges as "overcrowded." Georgia is under federal court order not to increase the prison population. Therefore, if they cram Carl Brandon back into a prison, they will have to pop someone else out immediately.

thauch12 10/24/12 - 05:42 pm
Inchristlove, I respectfully

Inchristlove, I respectfully disagree with your assertions. Again, the same argument can be made about any profession. You don't leave your "specialized educational training" on the hook when you leave your job. A physician's duty does not end when they leave the hospital. A solder's duty does not end when they leave base. A student's responsibility does not end when they leave the classroom. Law enforcement officers are no different.

InChristLove 10/24/12 - 10:01 pm
thauch12, you can

thauch12, you can respectfully disagree and you have a right to your opinion but unless you are in Law Enforcement, I respectfully say "You are incorrect" but are entitled to believe as you wish.

myfather15 10/25/12 - 12:10 am
I am in law enforcement and

I am in law enforcement and this person has exactly no clue what they are talking about. I've been a deputy for many years, Since 1997 to be exact. I know Deputy James pretty well and have trained with him many times. He is a great man, unlike the thug that shot him. Deputy James has shared the story of the shooting with us many times. It's hard to stomach. He shot Deputy James execution style, right in the temple. Intending to absolutely kill him. There wasn't any doubt he never intended to leave Deputy James alive. This man should have got life without parole, even at 16. When you are that cold as to shoot other person, point blank in the temple, you don't need to be in society. When you can prove a person shot another person with the intent to actually kill them, why should they get less than a murderer? They are a murderer, they just didn't get the job done.

As for the comments about LEO being no different than others. It probably comes from someone who has had a few brushes with the law. Maybe got arrested for some weed and now hates LE. Of course they will never admit that, but I've seen it all to often. The same rhetoric every single time. They got busted for something and now have an agenda.

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 10/25/12 - 10:03 am
This LEO shooter was out because of prohibition....

Our prisons are filled to overflowing with those caught in the Drug War Net. Many of them have never committed a single violent act. But when you have so many in jail for these non violent/non complaintent violations there is no room left for the Cop Shooters in jail so they are set free to shoot at Cops and everyone else again. This is why more and more Cops and Judges and others like us who would NEVER touch RAT POISON DRUGS say we need to keep the shooters in prison and find some other way to punish illegal drug dealers or users so we CAN keep the Violent/Shooters behind bars where they belong.

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