A man found guilty of violating an order of protection and stalking his ex-wife was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday, but not before his attorney filed motions asking that officials with the prosecuting attorney’s office as well as the Faulkner County circuit court judges recuse themselves from the sentencing phase in this case.
According to Frank Shaw, his client John Brawner has been accused of making violent and threatening remarks against both the prosecuting attorney’s office and the circuit court judges, but he has not been given the specifics on those allegations.
“There have been no charges filed, no information on the status of the allegations, and because it is an ongoing investigation, the prosecutor will not give me that information,” he said. “My client has not been questioned about this matter as far as I know but I believe these allegations could imply the presence of impropriety for the judges and prosecutor’s office.”
Troy Braswell, deputy prosecuting attorney, has taken over the case for fellow prosecutor Chuck Clawson following the threats and said that because Brawner had already been convicted, he saw no reason not to continue with the sentencing phase of the trial.
“There is no conflict of interest, I have stepped in for Mr. Clawson on this case,” Braswell said. “Defendants can’t create their own mistrials or conflicts or find bias or prejudice where there are none. I see no reason why this sentencing can’t go forward.”
With Judge David Reynolds in agreement with Braswell, Brawner was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stalking in the second degree and one year for violating the order of protection. The sentences are to run consecutively.
Cody Hiland, Twentieth Judicial District prosecuting attorney said he is happy that the victims his office represented in Faulkner County have some closure.
“I know that Mr. Brawner has ongoing issues in other counties, but I believe the sentence he received today has given closure to his victims in this county,” Hiland said.
Brawner’s sentencing had been put on hold while he cooperated with Pulaski County officials as they investigated claims that he knew where the body of missing Little Rock business man John Glasgow was buried. Earlier this year, based on information provided by Brawner, investigators searched a field in Lonoke County for Glasgow’s body but suspended the search when the body was not found.
At the time, Hiland said that he believed Brawner was trying to use the information as a means to get a lighter sentence for himself on the stalking charge and did not actually know where the body was buried.
“Whether or not the story had any validity, our intention has always been to request that the court give the maximum penalty allowed by law for his stalking conviction,” Hiland said. “However, my heart goes out to the Glasgow family. It is hard to imagine the enormous sense of loss they must have been dealing with since their family member’s disappearance, and now to have their hopes for some resolution raised and then dashed by this criminal just so he could have his attorney attempt to leverage our office for a better deal on sentencing is unconscionable. Make no mistake about it, that is exactly what he was attempting to do throughout this sordid episode.”
Brawner has denied having anything to do with Glasgow’s death but claims he helped bury the body. Shaw said that Brawner continues to maintain that he does know where the body is buried and that investigators searched the wrong area.
John Glasgow was the CFO of CDI Contractors and was reported missing on January 28, 2008, when he did not show up to work. His vehicle was found a few days later at Petit Jean State Park.
(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org)