11/8 Man Pleads Not Guilty to Robbery from Drug Deal Gone Bad

A 22-year-old man from West Bend man, who is being charged of robbing and punching another man during a drug deal, has pleaded not
guilty to the charges.   Brandon Durian was charged with robbery with use of force as a party to a crime, misdemeanor battery as a party to a crime and strangulation. According to the criminal complaint, a West Bend Police officer was sent to a store on West Paradise Drive June 24th for a report of a possible robbery. He met with the victim, who had a bloody lower lip and small laceration on his left arm. The victim told a Police detective he agreed to meet Durian and another man at 10 p.m. in the parking lot of a restaurant to buy Percocet prescription pills from the other man for $340. The victim said he got into Durian’s car and got out the cash. Durian then struck the man three times and put him in a headlock, restricting his airway.
Upon questioning,  Durian admitted that he was with another man and the victim that day in the restaurant parking lot. Durian said when he tried to take the money, the man resisted. He was able to  eventually get the money and he then pushed the victim out of the car. Durian
and his accomplice drove off with the cash. Durian appeared in court on Wednesday before Washington County Circuit Judge Todd Martens with attorney John Best. Best entered not guilty pleas on Durian’s behalf and requested a jury trial. The trial is expected to be January seventh. There will be a jury status hearing on December 13th. If convicted, Durian could face a maximum sentence of more than 21 years in jail.
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