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  • CRIMINAL COURTS

    Former youth football coach accepts deal

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  • VICTORVILLE — A former head coach and vice president of a Hesperia youth football program Thursday pleaded no contest to felony trespassing into a residence with the intent to execute the threat of serious bodily injury.
    Robert Brammer, 37, was sentenced to three years probation and 180 days in jail. He was also ordered to enroll in substance abuse classes and complete a year-long batterer’s treatment program by March 31, 2016, court records show.
    Brammer had 11 days cut from his jail sentence for time served and is eligible for a conduct credit that would cut his time in half, according to court records.
    As part of the plea deal, two other felony and four misdemeanor charges were dropped, including burglary, stalking and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
    San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies arrived July 27 at a home in the 7000 block of Rio Vista Avenue seeking Brammer for allegedly violating a domestic violence restraining order.
    Sheriff’s officials located him and, upon investigation, discovered a plastic bag full of a crystal-like substance, authorities said. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine, they said.
    Brammer was arrested on drug charges; the other charges were reportedly previous offenses that became active when he allegedly violated his restraining order, according to authorities.
    Brammer had spent at least 10 years with the Hesperia Trojans youth football program, holding positions as head coach and vice president, until he was banned earlier this year for “personal and internal conflict,” a current Trojans official said. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the situation.
    Brammer had also been a volunteer coach at Oak Hills High School but will not be coaching this year, Athletic Director Darren Goodman confirmed.
    News of Brammer’s arrest elicited strong opinions from several Daily Press readers who indicated their support of the former coach on the newspaper’s website.
    “The only reason that article was printed is because everybody knows who Robert Brammer is,” commenter Jamie Prestwood Hawkins wrote. “The reason they know who he is, is because of all the time he spent helping this community and teaching these boys to do something positive.”
    Commenter Jill Distelrath said she and her family “appreciate the hard work and dedication (the Brammers) have given to so many kids through football and baseball.”
    Requests for comment sent Thursday to the prosecutor and defense attorney in this case were not immediately returned.
    Shea Johnson may be reached at 760-955-5368 or SJohnson@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DP_Shea.
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