October 6, 2005
UNLICENSED WELL DRILLER TO SERVE 90 DAY SENTENCE
FOR VIOLATING PROBATION
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that
John E. Branham, 72, of the 3100 block of Mills Pond Road
in Port Republic,
Maryland, had his probation revoked and was ordered to serve
a 90-day sentence for violating the terms of his probation.
was on three-years probation since his July 1, 2003 conviction
in the District Court for Charles County for practicing well
drilling without a license.
On Wednesday the Honorable Richard A. Cooper reinstated
90-day suspended sentence after he found that Defendant violated
the terms of his probation by continuing to practice well drilling
without a license. The defendant is currently serving a 90-day
sentence in Anne Arundel County for an August 5, 2005 conviction
of the same offense. Branham has been convicted of practicing
well drilling without a license four times since 2003.
This case was prosecuted by the Environment Crimes Unit of the
Attorney General’s Office, with the assistance of the Maryland
Department of the Environment and the Maryland State Police.