City Man Misses Court Date

Probation Violation Could Lead To Hefty Sentence For Brandon

Posted: August 2, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A former Harrisonburg man who went to prison for selling prescription drugs to teammates, and later for possessing a gun, failed to show up for his appearance in Rockingham County Circuit Court on Friday.

Ronnell Brandon, 23, was charged last week with violating the terms of his probation.

If convicted, he could face roughly 35 years of prison time that had been suspended in plea deals on the previous prescription drug and gun charges.

The original case against Brandon started in November 2008, when he pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of selling drugs on or near school property, three felony counts of distributing a controlled substance and one felony larceny count stemming from an unrelated robbery.

Police say he sold prescription pain pills to teammates while a member of the Harrisonburg High School football team. He received a 35-year sentence with all but 19 months suspended.

In August 2011, he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm as a convicted felon stemming from a May traffic stop in Bridgewater.

In July 2013, he received a two-year prison sentence for violating his probation but received credit from his time in a detention and diversion program, which allowed him to be released this April.

Last week, probation officers charged him with violating his probation, citing Brandon’s continued use of drugs.

Court documents say he tested positive for marijuana and cocaine.

Upon his arrest, he will be held without bond, pending his first court appearance.

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