Family members of late soul singer James Brown were in court again today. This time, they are fighting to get restitution from a man accused of stealing money from Brown. Dee Griffin is here with the latest on what happened in court.
In 2011, David Cannon was sentenced to three years of home confinement for taking more money than his contract with James Brown allotted. Now, James Brown's family wants restitution for the millions of dollars they say Cannon stole.
David Cannon did not want to talk as he left the Barnwell County Courthouse..
But, inside the courtroom, his attorneys had plenty to say about their client's inability to pay restitution for funds he's accused of taking from the late Godfather of Soul.
It's a claim James Brown's children just aren't buying. James Brown's daughter, Deanna, explains, "his attorneys have to get paid and they drive nice, big cars so he's paying his attorneys. When you steal that kind of money there is no way you just blow it and you're broke."
Cannon worked as James Brown's manager and accountant for many years. However, the singer's children say Cannon did more than manage their father's money, they say he stole it to the tune of more than seven million dollars. They say Cannon used the money to purchase homes across the country and at least one house in Honduras.
"If he's broke how in the world is he taking care of that house down there? Even though it's paid for there are still bills and things that have to be taken care of. So how is that being done?" Deanna Brown asks.
Cannon has already faced the music for his role in taking more than what was stipulated in his contract with James Brown. Two years ago, he was sentenced to home confinement in a deal that was equivalent of a guilty plea.
Now, Cannon is trying to fight the possibility of paying restitution for the money he's accused of taking. But James Brown's children say it's the payback their father deserves. Deanna Brown reflects, "Dad talked about how his money was missing. I was in the house one time with my father when he was on the phone with David Cannon and he says "where's my money? Where's my money?"
The Judge placed a temporary restraining order preventing Cannon or his family from transferring any assets.
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