WOODSTOCK – Judge Amy Tisinger granted Mark Brown Jr., 22, of Strasburg, a secured $5,000 bond Tuesday afternoon after he was held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail for 10 days facing weapons charges. Brown was being held without bond.
Brown was arrested on May 19 and charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing a firearm while being under a protective order.
Brown’s attorney argued that Brown has a presumption of innocence and his time served had offered him a taste of jail. Because Brown doesn’t have any previous felony convictions — though he is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance next month — his attorney argued Brown should receive a secured bond.
The commonwealth’s attorney rejected the argument, pointing to previous run-ins with law enforcement and his repetitive nature of coming back.
Tisinger told Brown she was swayed by his honesty with the police officer, referring to the fact he told the officer there was a weapon in the car before it was searched.
Because Brown had previously been let out by the magistrate and didn’t appear before a judge in his previous run-ins, Tisinger said she would grant him bond but if he appeared before her again there wouldn’t be “any discussion.”
Brown’s bond includes stipulations he cannot leave the state, possess any drugs or alcohol. He will appear in court for the state’s review at 9 a.m. June 10.