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Whitehall school board member

Howard pleads guilty in concealed-carry case

Judge suspends jail, orders fine, court costs, destruction of firearm


Whitehall Board of Education member Brandon Howard pleaded guilty Feb. 4 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Howard’s plea closes a criminal case that began in August 2012 during Whitehall’s “National Night Out” at John Bishop Park.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Daniel Hogan sentenced Howard to 90 days in jail but suspended the sentence in lieu of payment of a $300 fine and court costs by March 4, 2013. Hogan also ordered the firearm Howard had to be destroyed.

On Sept. 28, 2012, a Franklin County grand jury indicted Howard, 21, on a fourth-degree felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon, but the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office accepted Howard’s plea to a misdemeanor, through his attorney, Samuel Shamansky.

Howard, 21, is serving his first term on the Whitehall Board of Education, elected in November 2011. He is a 2009 graduate of Bishop Hartley High School.

His mother, Ronda, also is a Whitehall board member. Brent Howard, the city’s treasurer, is a former City Council president.

Whitehall Board of Education President Walter Armes told ThisWeek he had no comment concerning the resolution of the case.

Read the Feb. 14 edition of ThisWeek Whitehall News for the full story.