Hug a Thug Theater Article
Brandon Cory Jones, 8/9/1981
In May of 2015 an arrest was made in Oklahoma City after a woman used a stolen ATM card. The card was stolen during a robbery, the woman victim being punched, knocked to the ground, and beaten. The robbers fled with her purse but were caught after the ATM video was released and one of the robbers was identified. The suspects, 24 year old Diamond Coleman and 33 year old Brandon Jones wound up in the Oklahoma County jail. In particular we want to talk about Brandon Jones.
Jones had two new criminal cases pending and a revocation of a suspended sentence pending when this robbery occurred. On January 22, 2014 Judge Deason agreed to release Brandon Jones on a conditional release with the Oklahoma County pretrial release program. Brandon Jones was to be on an ankle monitor and be supervised by the PTR program (Pre Trial Release Program). Usually the inmates agree to pay the ankle monitoring fees as a condition of their release from jail while awaiting trial. But in this case Brandon Jones wasn't paying the fees so on February 25, 2015 Judge Deason ordered the fees for the ankle monitor to be paid by the indigent GPS fund, meaning that Brandon Jones wouldn't even have to pay for the monitoring. Of course this really means that you and I and the other taxpayers paid those fees. Court Records show numerous Brandon Jones violation reports to Judge Deason by the PTR program.
What kind of guy was Brandon Jones that he was released without bail bond, just a misguided youth? A guy that made one mistake? Read on....
- In 2002 Canadian County CF-2002-408 Burglary II , Canadian County CF-2002-409 Stolen property, and Oklahoma County CF-2002-1024 Stolen property, using a weapon in a felony.
- In 2003 Oklahoma County CF-2003-4857 Burglary II
- In 2007 Oklahoma County Cf-2007-1248 Possession of drugs and marijuana, Oklahoma County CF-2007-4143 Possession of marijuana, and Oklahoma County CF-2007-4360 Possession of marijuana.
- In 2010 Oklahoma County CF-2010-7726 Robbery with a dangerous weapon (3rd conviction).
In 2013 Oklahoma County case CF-2013-4085 shows an offense date of 3/27/2013 and the charges of trafficking in illegal drugs, possession of a cocaine and possession of drugs without a prescription. Also Oklahoma County case CF-2013-8708 shows an offense date of 12/16/2013 and charges of Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, concealing stolen property and larceny. The bond was set at $500,000 by Judge Troung, yet on January 22, 2014 Judge Deason agreed to release Brandon Jones on a conditional release with the Oklahoma County pretrial release program. A life of crime, no lawyer fees paid, no court fees paid, not even ankle monitoring fees paid.
Tell this story to the pro marijuana folks that say pot smokers aren't a danger to society. Tell this story to the soft on crime advocates that believe that handling criminals with kid gloves will stop them from reoffending.