We have been informed by a reader that “Cluchh Duck“, who was listed as an unidentified member of the Gangter Disciples/Folk Nation
gang neighborhood social group in our post Welcome to Lincolville – Part IV, is a fellow by the name of Brandon Spells. He was the one who plays basketball for Summerville High School.
Brandon is the brother of brother of Bradford Spells, aka “Brad Tone Spells“. Bradford spells was first profiled in these pages in July of 2013 when he was arrested for shooting into a residence at the Planters Retreat Apartments on Ladson Road. He was released from jail on January 23rd after the 1st Circuit solicitor gave him a sweet plea deal. Let’s review his criminal history again.
In July 22, 2012 Bradford Spells was charged with Kidnapping and Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree. He was given a total bond of $25,000 and released from jail the next day.
The two charges above are still pending. While out on bond for those he was charged in May of 2013 with 1st Offense Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting Arrest. Those charges are still pending at the magistrate court level.
It appears Bradford Spells bonded out of jail on the above charges on 24 May, 2013. He was then re-arrested the same day for Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol. He was released on a $1,000 bond on 25 May, 2013.
While out on bond on the six charges listed above, Bradford Spells was arrested on 19 July, 2013 and charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime and two counts of Pointing and Presenting a Firearm.
Bradford Spells sat in jail from 19 July, 2013 until 23 January, 2014 when the 1st Circuit Solicitor gave him one of the sweetest plea deals we have every seen – and that’s saying a lot in light of our criticism of the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
In exchange for a guilty plea on the unlawful carrying of a pistol from May 2013, the 1st Circuit Solicitor dismissed the attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm from July of 2013. Judge Murphy Maite sentenced Spells to one year, suspended to one year of probation. Considering Spells has already spent six months in jail, the sentence amounted to nothing more than time served.
You know, a reasonable person would think that a defendant with pending charges of kidnapping and CSC 1st Degree, who was arrested not once, but twice for carrying and/or using a firearm within a year of being charged with kidnapping and CSC 1st, might be considered a danger to the community or at least a danger to his victim.
Apparently there are no reasonable people working for the 1st Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Not a soul working there bothered to even make an attempt to revoke the bond on those charges from 2012. They didn’t bother when he was arrested in May 2013 for drugs. They didn’t bother when he was arrested again in May 2013 for carrying a gun, they didn’t bother when he was arrested for carrying, displaying and using a firearm in July of 2013. And they obviously didn’t bother when they gave him a plea deal that makes Scarlett Wilson and Judge Thomas “Felon’s Friend” Hughston look tough on crime and released him back into the community.
It looks like we here at CTL need to spend a lot more time in the 1st Judicial Circuit. What do you folks think?
Now you see why these criminals don’t seem to have a care in the world when the get locked up the police.