• Johannes Becht

He stole from SWOSU student & broke into dorms: The criminal record of Brandon Woods

Updated: Apr 21

Brandon Ray Woods. Photo: Custer County Sheriff's Office
Brandon Ray Woods. Photo: Custer County Sheriff's Office

By Johannes Becht

News Editor

Trespassing, possession of drugs, resisting officers, driving under suspension, concealing stolen property: The criminal record of Brandon Ray Woods, who broke into SWOSU dormitories at least twice during 2021, reaches back until 2004.

Back then - he was 17 at that time - he was pulled over by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for not wearing his seat belt. The same year, he was caught driving a vehicle without permission by the owner (joyriding), as well as in 2005. A year later, he was ordered to participate in the Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) program due to possession of drugs and obstruction of an officer.

Unfortunately, that didn't help. In 2008, he was arrested for driving under suspension. Furthermore, the police found amphetamines. The drug was also the reason for more arrests in 2011 and 2018.

Woods steals property from SWOSU student

On Jan. 23, 2018, Woods stole a cast iron tractor seat from the back of a truck from a SWOSU student. He then sold the item to a tractor supply store. He also committed trespassing and was in the possession of drugs that same year. Consequently, he was sentenced to one year in jail.

Two years later, he again was sentenced to 30 and 45 days in jail for trespassing.

Woods is now scheduled to appear in Custer County court on April 13, 2021, for trespassing on SWOSU property. On Jan. 24, he broke into Henrietta Mann Hall to take a shower. On March 15, he broke into Mary Mabry Savage Apartments. On both occasions, the police found drug paraphernalia.

In the police report of the Mann Hall incident, the SWOSU PD officer who arrested Woods stated that he recognized Woods "due to my previous interactions on campus." The report further indicated that Woods had trespassed on campus on Jan. 25, 2021.

Trespassing, as well as the possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, are each punishable by up to 1 year in prison.

Editor's note: Readers are reminded that information in this article supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. The suspect is presumed innocent throughout the proceedings. The State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.

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