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James Brown’s Daughter Jailed Again After Prison Release




Venisha Brown, daughter of the late soul singer James Brown, was arrested on April Fool’s Day, marking her 24th arrest in Augusta since 1997.

No joke.

Brown, 49, of Parkway Drive, Augusta, was arrested Monday on a warrant for order to show cause in Superior Court.

Her probation officer took out the warrant, meaning she is being accused of violating the terms of her probation, according to authorities.

Brown was released from prison Feb. 22 after her 5-year prison sentence for theft was commuted after she served one year. She was sentenced in 2012 for stealing a car from St. Stephen Ministries in Augusta where she worked. Authorities say she injured her boss outside a bank when the boss tried to get the car back, authorities said.

Brown is well-known to Augusta law enforcement officers with two dozen arrests in the last 17 years, including charges for theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property, pointing a firearm at another person, failure to appear in court, giving false name to police, probation violation, order to show cause and bench warrants.

As part of her five-year prison sentence for theft in 2012, she was ordered to complete a residential substance abuse treatment program.

On March 31, her probation officer sought a warrant for her arrest.

James Brown had numerous children and acknowledged nine of them during his life, including five sons – Teddy, Terry, Larry, Daryl and James Joseph Brown II and four daughters – Lisa, Dr. Yamma Noyola Brown Lumar, Deanna Brown Thomas and Venisha Brown.

Venisha Brown remained in the Richmond County Jail on Thursday under no bond.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


  1. Wow. I would think with all the money she inherited from Pappy she would be a good citizen. I guess I was wrong. Oh, and the resemblance to her is astonishing. I actually thought the photo WAS James Brown.

    • Why so judgmental? Mr. James Brown did a lot of good during his lifetime with very little human guidance in his childhood. I choose to accentuate the positive he shared through his profession and music. How does a child grow up to be an effective parent when he or she has a bare minimum if any parenting himself? I have no clue if you are a Christian — I am not. However I believe we all should emulate Christ, in tolerance and love. And yes, you and concurring respondents have every right to feel disappointment in the appearance of wasted opportunity but still I urge all of you to believe in and embrace God’s ultimate seed of good in all things.

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