The local media sure does believe in keeping secrets from you folks. The latest example of that is Joshua Brown, of Pinehurst Street. He is the saint who “thought he hit an animal” on St. James Boulevard last Saturday, but actually ran over and killed a human being. Brown then fled in his burgundy Chrysler 300 and remained in hiding even after news broke that he killed a person. Thanks to a helpful tip authorities were able to round him up. Unfortunately, a Berkeley County judge promptly set Brown free yet again on a $25,000 bond.
The local media failed to tell you that Brown was already free on bond and is currently on probation. Are you starting to get a clue about why he fled the scene.
Brown has been arrested every year since 2007. At the time he fled from the pedestrian he killed on St. James Boulevard he was free on a total bond of $15,000 set on charges of Distribution of Crack Cocaine and Distribution of Crack Near a School.
While free on bond on the above charges, Brown was arrested again in February of 2015 and charged with five (5) counts of Financial Identity Fraud. He was given a total bond of $25,000 and released the following day.
Now that Brown is free on a total bond of $65,000 in two counties, let’s see what we can expect from him based on the rest of his criminal history.
1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct - Dismissed at preliminary hearing due to “lack of prosecution”.
Kidnapping - Same as above.
Possession of Cocaine - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Possession of Cocaine - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge Thomas “Felon’s Friend” Hughston to a YOA term not to exceed 1 to 6 years, suspended in favor of two years probation.
Possession of a Stolen Pistol - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor with the notation that a co-defendant claimed the gun.
Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Note: These charges were rolled into a plea deal with charges from 2012.
Armed Robbery - Reduced to Strong Arm Robbery by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Sentenced by Judge Stephanie McDonald to 10 years, suspended after 5 years and 5 years probation.
Possession of a Firearm During a Violent Crime - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol - Sentenced to 1 year. That sentenced was deferred until February 2013.
Note: Sentenced to 5 years in prison in February 2013. Here we are in April 2015 and Brown is free to roam the streets and run people down. He was actually free by May of 2014. Truth in sentencing? Hardly.
Strong Arm Robbery - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Note: in this plea agreement involving the charges from 2011 and 2012 the 9th Circuit Solicitor reduced the most serious charge and dismissed the other two. Par for the course. At least she is consistent.
We thought the following post from Brown’s page was indicative of the mentality of the thugs running the streets in the Lowcountry.
“…they always trying to put us Jail…” Well, Joshua, stop breaking the law and jail won’t be an option.