Jonathan Braun Has Checked In To Prison

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FCI OtisvilleJon Braun, who Bloomberg Businessweek profiled in a 2018 story series, checked into FCI Otisville on Thursday. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on May 28th for drug related offenses he committed a decade ago. He was originally scheduled to surrender on August 25th but he successfully delayed the date until today, January 2nd.

I have not attempted to contact Mr. Braun since the day of his sentencing. But purely by chance I shared an elevator with him in the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse on May 28th just mere minutes after he had been handed ten years. Given the opportunity, I asked him how he felt about what just happened.

“I hope it goes by quick,” he replied stoically.

Despite his circumstances, he asked me how I was doing that day. I was doing considerably better.

When the elevator doors opened, he and I separately shuffled past Bloomberg reporter Zeke Faux who was still lingering in the Courthouse lobby. I had sat directly next to Faux in the gallery during the proceeding. Seated in front of us were members of his family. There were no loud wails or chaotic physical reactions when the judge read the sentence. Instead a piercing silence captivated the room as Braun put his hand over his forehead in utter shock.

Later, as I exited the Courthouse doors, Braun was standing right outside smoking a cigarette. I awkwardly waved him a goodbye.

“I’ll see you around,” he said.

Last modified: January 3, 2020
Sean Murray

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