Dead probationer had long criminal record

Travis Lorenzo Berrian’s struggle with a probation officer Monday afternoon wasn’t his first run-in with the law.

He was serving probation for convictions of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage to property and criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark from February 2008, when he was sentenced to five years in prison followed by six years of probation.

Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. also ordered Berrian to undergo counseling and random drug testing, and earn a General Educational Developmental diploma.

In 2003, The Augusta Chronicle reported that Berrian was wanted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of criminal damage to property in the first degree. The then-18-year-old was accused of firing a rifle at a car and an apartment in February.

When police searched his home in the 2800 block of Glenn Hills Circle, they found a stash of weapons, and at least one was stolen.

Berrian was indicted on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in December 2004, The Chronicle reported.

In 2010, Berrian was identified as a suspect in the “execution-style” slaying of Angela Brooks, 19, and Nancy Cushman, 17, though he was never arrested. Both were found dead near a wooded path near Twiggs Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard on Thanksgiving Day in 2010.

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