FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:February 5, 2016
Contact: Heather F. WilliamsonCommonwealth’s Attorney’s Office20 East Market StreetLeesburg, VA 20176-2809(703) 777-0242
PROBATION VIOLATION LEADS TO REVOCATION OF 5 YEAR SUSPENDED SENTENCE
JUDGE RE-IMPOSES A PORTION OF PREVIOUSLY SUSPENDED TIME FOR THIRD PROBATION VIOLATION
LEESBURG, Virginia – January 29, 2016. Troy Lee Brooks, 53, appeared before Loudoun County Circuit Court for a hearing after being charged with violating his probation.
Brooks’ probation stemmed from a March 2010 incident in which Brooks and another individual burglarized a home in Lovettsville, Virginia. The home was ransacked and numerous items were stolen. Among the items stolen were firearms, cash, coin collections, winning lottery tickets and a wedding ring. A search of Brooks’ home recovered many, but not all, of the stolen items.
Brooks pleaded guilty to the burglary, grand larceny and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in July 2010. On October 25, 2010 he was sentenced to four years in the in the Virginia Department of Corrections with an additional nine years of suspended time.
Brooks was released from incarceration to probation supervision in September 2013. One month later, Brooks absconded from probation and his from his transitional housing placement.
In November 2013, Brooks appeared in Circuit Court having conceded violating his probation and the court revoked nine months of his suspended sentenced.
Brooks was again released from incarceration in June 2014. Two months later, Brooks was arrested for identity theft and drunk in public. He was subsequently convicted of those two charges in September 2014. In November 2014, Brooks faced his second probation violation for the new convictions and for absconding from probation. The Court revoked 12 months of Brooks’ suspended sentence, but allowed him to enter a Salvation Army program toward the end of the term over objections by prosecutors.
Brooks was transferred to the Salvation Army Program in May 2015 and absconded approximately three weeks later. Brooks was at-large until January 2016 when he was arrested and brought before the court once again, this time facing his third probation violation.
On January 29, Brooks conceded violating his probation and five years of his suspended sentence was revoked. Brooks will be placed back on probation for two years upon his release.
“Probation is an alternative to incarceration,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman. “Some individuals, such as Mr. Brooks, that do not take advantage of this alternative, should not be afforded the opportunity to utilize the limited resources available to probationers. These resources are meant to better people’s lives and redirect behavior to become productive citizens, which he repeatedly has shown he has no interest.”
Brooks has a criminal history with the juvenile court and his adult criminal history dates back to 1979. This history includes drug distribution, numerous drug possession charges, four driving while intoxicated convictions, assaults, disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon and several other offenses.