October 24, 2005
UNLICENSED WELL DRILLER CONVICTED AND JAILED FOR
VIOLATION OF PROBATION
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that John
E. Branham, 72, of Port Republic, Maryland, had his probation revoked
and was ordered to serve a 90-day sentence for violating the terms
of his probation. The Defendant was on three-years probation as
a result of a July 2003 conviction in the District Court of Maryland
for Anne Arundel County for practicing well drilling without a
The Honorable Megan B. Johnson reinstated the Defendant’s
90-day suspended sentence after she found that the Defendant violated
the terms of his probation by continuing to practice well drilling
without a license. The Defendant was convicted in August 2005 by
a jury in Anne Arundel County of drilling a well without a permit
and practicing well drilling without a license. Those convictions
violated the terms of the probation imposed after his conviction
in 2003. The Defendant is currently serving a 90-day jail sentence
in Charles County for a violation of probation for a similar offense.
Branham, whose license was revoked in 1999, has been convicted
of well drilling violations on four occasions since 2003.
The Environment Crimes Unit of the Attorney General’s Office
prosecuted the original case and the violation of probation, with
the assistance of the Maryland Department of the Environment and
the Maryland State Police.