Former Shoemaker standout Brandon Joiner is set to be released from prison Jan. 15, his mother, Cynthia Joiner-Moore, said in a text message to the Herald on Friday. The former Shoemaker standout defensive lineman was granted parole Nov. 13, the week before Thanksgiving, but spent the holidays incarcerated awaiting his release date.

Joiner was sentenced to three years in jail for a 2007 robbery and felony drug charges after pleading guilty of the charges in May, shortly after signing an NFL rookie free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to police documents, Joiner and a former teammate at Texas A&M broke into a College Station apartment complex on Nov. 29, 2007, and robbed a known drug dealer at gunpoint, binding him and another man with duct tape and stealing cash, car keys, a cellphone and drugs. A police search at Joiner’s home found marijuana, hydrocodone and Ecstasy.

Kicked off the Aggies’ football team following his indictment, Joiner played two seasons at Navarro Junior College in 2008 and 2009, earning NJCAA All-American honors as a sophomore, and signed with Arkansas State in 2010.

Joiner led the Sun Belt Conference with 12 sacks as a senior was voted the conference’s defensive player of the year in 2011 after leading the Red Wolves to a 10-2 record and an undefeated conference championship.

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