TWENTYNINE PALMS — A Twentynine Palms man with a long criminal record was arrested on suspicion of parole violation for the second time in as many months Friday, Feb. 24.
According to the sheriff’s station call log, Brandon Dontae Hibler, 25, was taken into custody after deputies conducted a parole check at his residence in the 72500 block of Juanita Drive. He also was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation Jan. 10.
Hibler is being held without bail at West Valley Detention Center. A court date has not been set.
Simon Umscheid, supervising deputy district attorney, said his office has no information about Hibler’s most recent arrests, and charges will not be forthcoming unless a new law is violated.
“A parole violation is not necessarily a crime,” he explained.
Umscheid said parole officials will determine during a hearing whether or not a violation has occurred. Depending on the offense, parolees can go back to prison for up to one year on a parole violation, he said.
According to sheriff’s Cpl. Steve Everhart, in January, Hibler was arrested for driving without a license, but was released a few days later. The Feb. 24 arrest was on a curfew violation, Everhart said. But he added these types of violations will only hold parolees in jail for a short time.
According to a sheriff’s department press release from August 2010, Hibler was the suspect of a shooting at Del Gagnon Real Estate office in Twentynine Palms on Aug. 2, 2010, but charges were never filed against him.
Umscheid said his office reviewed a report about the case in May of last year.
“The sheriff’s department put together a report, but we didn’t file charges because we felt there was a lack of sufficient evidence,” he said.
Umscheid also said the sheriff’s department has since indicated to him that Hibler is no longer a suspect in that crime.
Since 2004, Hibler has been convicted of six crimes, including four felonies: in November of 2008 he was convicted of petty theft with a prior conviction and carrying a concealed weapon; in August of 2009 he was convicted of false imprisonment in a plea bargain, the terms of which dismissed two felony domestic violence charges; and in August of 2011 he was convicted of giving false information to a police officer.
In June of 2007 Hibler was acquitted of first-degree murder charges in the death of Twentynine Palms resident Louis Kimble, who was found shot dead in his Cienega Drive apartment Feb. 10, 2006.
Prosecutors alleged Hibler and co-defendants Anthony Wilson and Naomi Sims murdered Kimble shortly after an altercation at the Silver Screen nightclub. But witnesses during the trial presented conflicting testimony, and the jury found Hibler and Wilson not guilty. Sims accepted a plea bargain in return for her testimony.