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James Brown's daughter pleads guilty in auto theft

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 6:59 PM
Last updated 10:09 PM
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James Brown’s oldest daughter pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony theft by taking, a charge that stemmed from a July incident that left her former employer injured.

Superior Court Judge Michael An­­nis sentenced Venisha Brown, 47, to five years, two of which will be served in confinement. Assistant District Attorney Justin Jones said Brown will be given credit for time served in the Richmond County jail and will be evaluated for a state Department of Corrections substance abuse program. If she completes that program, she might be eligible for release before serving two years, he said.

Brown admitted to taking a Chevrolet Suburban from her employer, St. Stephen’s Ministries on Greene Street, on July 22. The next day, police say, Brown’s boss, Hope Ellis Campbell, spotted Brown in the sport utility vehicle outside a bank in North Augusta and tried to take the keys from the ignition. Campbell told officers that as she reached into the vehicle, Brown accelerated, dragging Campbell over the hood of a vehicle parked nearby.

The vehicle was recovered July 24 at 13th Street and Walton Way, and Brown was arrested later the same day when deputies found her arguing with another woman on Broad Street.

Authorities said Campbell was seriously injured in the incident. As part of the plea agreement, Brown was ordered to have no contact with her former boss.

Although the guilty plea settles the Georgia charge, Brown still faces charges in Aiken County, including possession of a stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and first-degree assault and battery.

Brown’s attorney Louis Levenson, said Wednesday that the plea and sentencing clear the way for South Carolina authorities to seek Brown’s extradition to face charges there.

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Jake 11/15/12 - 12:49 am
Yvonne Fair

That was the name of Venisha's mother. She was a singer in the James Brown Revue and was featured in his act. Not only was she lovely, she was also a very good singer as well. Sorry that this has happened to Venisha but I hope she can get herself together and make amends for her wrong doing.

David Parker
David Parker 11/15/12 - 09:34 am
Miss The G everyday

Miss The G everyday

soapy_725 11/15/12 - 09:35 am
The results of coming together.

Does anyone see the irony in this approach to civilized society? Coming together. The new watch word for ARC. We hope "she feels good". We hope she has brought honor to her father and mother that her days may be long upon the land given to her..

kiwiinamerica 11/15/12 - 03:39 pm
Just say "no" to drugs......

Just say "no" to drugs......

OpenCurtain 11/15/12 - 07:12 pm
James did alot of crazy things

but he never stole from a Church.

She is her own fool, breaking her own ground.

An Honestly...
a candidate for a "2nd Chance", if she can get and stay clean.

avidreader 11/15/12 - 08:21 pm

Dichotomy: You're absolutely correct! An extremely disfunctional family, at best!

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