UPDATE: Former MSU student gets 10 years for assault

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE – A former Mississippi State University student has been ordered to serve 10 years in prison for attempting to strangle a female student at a dormitory in 2008.

Okitbbeha County Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens on Friday sentenced Christopher Elliott Floyd to 20 years in prison, but suspended 10 years. Kitchens also ordered that Floyd undergo counseling while incarcerated.

The Starkville Daily News reports Floyd pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge last year in the incident, during which prosecutors say he choked a female student to the point of unconsciousness in the lobby of a dormitory on campus.

The incident was caught on a surveillance video.