Having served more than seven months of his three-year prison sentence for a 2007 robbery and felony drug charges, Brandon Joiner will finally be walking free.
Joiner, a former Shoemaker defensive line standout, is set to be released from the Hutchins State Jail today in Dallas, according to his mother, Cynthia Joiner-Moore.
“I am greatly blessed, very excited and looking forward to having Brandon home. For years things have been so uncertain, but now he is coming home!!!” Joiner-Moore said in a text message to the Daily Herald on Monday.
Joiner was originally granted parole Nov. 13, the week before Thanksgiving, but spent the holidays incarcerated awaiting his release date after pleading guilty to robbery and drug charges on May 23 stemming from a 2007 incident while he was a member of the Texas A&M football team.
According to police documents, Joiner and a former Aggies teammate 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 Texas A&M 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 then led the Sun Belt Conference with 12 sacks as a senior and 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 campaign.
At Shoemaker, Joiner was a three-year letterman on the Grey Wolves’ defense and was an all-state selection and named the U.S. Army Combine defensive most valuable player in 2007 as a senior.
Joiner, who signed an NFL rookie free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals shortly before he was convicted in May, received 10 years probation, 60 days in the Brazos County jail and a $1,000 fine for the first of the two robbery charges in Dec. 2010, but was allowed to graduate from college before being sentenced on the second robbery charge.
Joiner graduated from Arkansas State University on May 12 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies and spoke often to groups of children about taking responsibility for their actions and the importance of receiving an education.