FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 26, 2013
Contact: Heather F. WilliamsonCommonwealth’s Attorney’s Office20 East Market StreetLeesburg, VA 20176-2809(703) 777-0242
PROBATION VIOLATION RETURNS DRUG DEALER TO PRISON
JUDGE RE-IMPOSES 9 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS OF PREVIOUSLY SUSPENDED TIME
LEESBURG, Virginia – June 24, 2013. Amin Khalid Johnson-Islam, 25, appeared before Judge Benjamin N. A. Kendrick in Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing after having previously been found guilty of violating his probation.
Johnson-Islam’s probation stemmed from a two separate incidents in July 2009 where he sold crack cocaine and Phencyclidine (PCP) to undercover law enforcement officers in Loudoun County. At the time of these offenses, Johnson-Islam was on bond in Prince William County and Fairfax County for drug related offenses.
Johnson-Islam pleaded guilty to one count of Distribution of Cocaine and one count of Distribution of PCP in August 2010. Johnson-Islam was sentenced on November 12, 2010, to a total active sentence of two years and two months in the Virginia Department of Corrections with an additional nine years and ten months of suspended time, conditioned upon his good behavior, a $2,000 fine and a three year period of supervised probation upon his release from prison.
Ten months after his release from prison, Johnson-Islam failed to report to his Probation Officer as directed and absconded. His whereabouts were unknown causing the Circuit Court to issue a Bench Warrant for his arrest. Judge Kendrick re-imposed the balance of Johnson-Islam’s previously suspended time, totaling nine years and ten months. His sentence will be served in the Virginia Department of Corrections.
“When an offender receives the benefit of being placed on supervised probation, they do so under very strict rules,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman. “This is done so in an effort to redirect a person’s behavior so they can function properly in society.” “What many offenders fail to understand is that probation is an alternative to incarceration. If they are unable to adhere to it, incarceration becomes the alternative.”
Johnson-Islam’s prior criminal history dates back to when he was a juvenile and consists of convictions for Petit Larceny, Possession of Marijuana (x2) and Felony Possession of Narcotics.