On Aug. 21, Ninth District Circuit Court Judge Toni Walker Terrett handed down sentences to two individuals.
Russell Thomas, a Vicksburg resident at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to felony driving under the influence (DUI), aggravated.
On Feb. 2, 2018, Thomas ran into another vehicle while intoxicated, resulting in severe injuries to the 77-year-old driver. She suffered multiple broken bones and required a partial hip replacement as a result of the crash.
Thomas, who has a prior DUI on his record, received a sentence of 25 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, 15 years to serve and five years on probation. The sentence includes alcohol and drug treatment while Thomas is incarcerated.
Vicksburg resident Christopher Johnson pleaded guilty Aug. 7 to multiple felonies for crimes against his wife and father-in-law on Jan. 29, 2018. Terrett sentenced him as follows:
- count 1 domestic aggravated assault – 20 years to serve
- count 2 armed robbery – 20 years to serve
- count 3 larceny motor vehicle – 10 years to serve
- count 1 and 2 run concurrent and count 3 to run consecutive to count 1 & 2.
- Total of 30 years to serve.