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Canton man receives long sentence after bloody, vicious beating of 75-Year Old victim

Xavier Johnson (Source: Madison County Detention Center) Xavier Johnson (Source: Madison County Detention Center)
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Xavier Collins Johnson has been sentenced to serve 95 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. 

A Madison County jury found Johnson guilty of the 2014 Burglary of a Dwelling and Aggravated Assault of a 75-year old Madison County man and Conspiracy to Commit Credit Card Fraud. 

Johnson was convicted as a habitual offender and will be required to serve his sentence without the possibility of probation, parole or early release.

On July 30, 2014, the Canton Police Department was called to the residence of a 75-year old man after his wife discovered him on the ground in the driveway of their home. 

The victim, Bobby Hall, had been beaten and was unconscious. 

He was attacked while getting a newspaper in his driveway. Hall, a well-known businessman, previously employed Johnson at one of his businesses.

Hall was air lifted to UMMC and was hospitalized for three months.

The investigation by the Canton Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department discovered that Johnson not only assaulted the man, but had burglarized his home, taking his wife’s purse from inside the house and conspired to use her credit card. 

Following his arrest, law enforcement recovered the shoes believed to have been worn by Johnson at the time of the assault. 

Tests revealed the shoes contained trace amounts of blood. 

Additional tests determined that the blood located on Johnson’s shoes was the victim’s blood.

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest stated, “It is outrageous that a man who had already been in prison, a habitual offender, continues his lawlessness and actually escalates his crimes by preying on some of our most vulnerable citizens—our elderly. In this case, he beat an elderly man almost to death and then went into his home and into his wife’s purse to steal cash and credit cards.”

Guest concluded, “It is a testament to the teamwork of law enforcement in Madison County and the citizens of Madison County who take jury duty seriously that a three-time convicted felon is finally off the streets. The Canton Police Department, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Attorney General’s Office, along with investigators from the District Attorney’s office worked tirelessly to bring a just conclusion to this case.  Because of their hard work Johnson will now spend the remainder of his life behind bars.”

Xavier Johnson has previously been convicted for three counts of receiving stolen property in Madison County in 2011 and was on probation at the time of this crime.

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