Prosecutors: Man burglarizes home of Charleston judge who gave him bond on gun charge

Prosecutors: Man burglarizes home of Charleston judge who gave him bond on gun charge
James Gosnell speaking during a bond hearing for Brice Johnson (pictured in monitor) who's been charged with stealing $37,000 worth of items from Gosnell's home. (Source: Live 5 News)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - James Gosnell, the magistrate who presided over Emanuel AME church shooter Dylann Roof’s bond hearing in 2015, had more than $37,000 in items stolen from his home over the weekend according to an affidavit.

Brice Johnson, 22, has been charged with grand larceny and first-degree burglary. He was given a $150,000 bond on Tuesday.

According to prosecutors, Gosnell had come across Johnson before back in the summer of 2019 when he gave the 22-year-old man a $5,000 bond for an unlawful firearm carry charge.

In this latest incident, Gosnell told investigators that he had left for a camping trip last Thursday and found two Apple computers, a box of jewelry, silver flatware, two Rolex watches and vintage coins missing when he returned. He also noticed the garage door wasn’t fully closed like he left it, according to the incident report.

Gosnell called the person who had been staying at his house while he was gone, who was friends with Johnson and had Johnson over to the house last Friday, according to the affidavit.

The person staying in the house described Johnson as wearing a red NBA jacket that night and later identified Johnson through surveillance footage which showed Johnson carrying some of the stolen items through the living room of the house, according to the affidavit.

The surveillance footage also showed Johnson entering under the garage door, the affidavit stated.

Brice Johnson (left) has been charged with burglarizing the house of Judge James Gosnell (right).
Brice Johnson (left) has been charged with burglarizing the house of Judge James Gosnell (right). (Source: Live 5)

During a bond hearing on Tuesday, Nicholas Uricchio with the solicitor’s office said Johnson went to the house earlier in the day where a witness let him come in to change clothes for a funeral they were both attending.

According to prosecutors, sometime after the witness left and went to the funeral, Johnson and two people came back to the home at night and stole items.

Uricchio said while the three were stealing items they noticed they were being captured on a video camera which they broke and took.

“This was most disturbing," Gosnell said of the video footage during the bond court hearing. “This gentleman has violated my living space.”

James Gosnell speaking during a bond hearing for Brice Johnson (pictured in monitor) who's been charged with stealing $37,000 worth of items from Gosnell's home.
James Gosnell speaking during a bond hearing for Brice Johnson (pictured in monitor) who's been charged with stealing $37,000 worth of items from Gosnell's home. (Source: Live 5 News)

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