Corinth man convicted of domestic violence by strangulation

news_court_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – A Corinth man became the first person convicted in the First Judicial Circuit of a domestic violence felony under a law passed in 2010.

James Johnson, 54, of Corinth, was convicted by jury trial Wednesday in Alcorn County Circuit Court of domestic violence by strangulation, a felony, said District Attorney Trent Kelly.

“This is only the second trial in Mississippi under that new statute,” Kelly said. “Before, people who strangled their victims faced only a misdemeanor charge.”

Johnson was arrested Dec. 3, 2012, at his home after the Corinth Police Department received a call from his ex-wife reporting a domestic assault earlier in the day, said Investigator Heather Glass. Police arrived and observed injuries on his ex-wife’s neck that included red marks along both sides of her neck, scratches on her neck and face, bruises and swelling around her eyes – injuries consistent with strangulation, Glass said.

Johnson will be sentenced Friday by Judge Jim Pounds.

Read more in Friday’s Daily Journal.