Greenville man gets 15 year sentence for shooting
Greenville, MS – District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today that Luther E. Johnson pled guilty yesterday to the charges of Aggravated Assault and Shooting into a Dwelling. Following his plea Circuit Judge Ashley Hines sentenced him to serve 15 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
In April of this year a Washington County Grand Jury returned a two count indictment charging Luther E. Johnson with shooting James Monroe all while shooting into a dwelling house on Cross Street in Greenville, MS. During the course of their investigation, the Greenville Police Department located several witnesses who gave their account of what happened on Cross Street. Many of those witnesses identified Luther Johnson as the shooter who returned to the home on Cross Street after an earlier altercation and shot James Monroe at around 8:00 p.m. on September 5, 2014. Johnson was scheduled to go on trial tomorrow but he opted to admit his guilt and accept his penalty. Judge Hines sentenced Johnson to the State’s recommendation of 15 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections where he will serve the first 10 years in prison for his crimes.
Assistant District Attorney Takiyah Perkins prosecuted this case. Luther E. Johnson has been remanded to the custody of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department to await transportation to the State Penitentiary. Richardson added that, “the Office of the District Attorney’s appreciates the hard work of the Greenville Police Department and especially its Criminal Investigation Division for their efforts in capturing and removing violent criminals from the streets of Greenville, MS.”
October 27, 2015
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105
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