Former MSU Student Gets 10 Years for Assault

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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.

Oktibbeha County Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens 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 reported 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.


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  • by Heather Location: Collinsville on Feb 2, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    I agree, Charles... Wouldn't strangling someone to the point of unconsciousness be "Attempted Murder" rather than "Aggravated Assault"? That is just my opinion. I think it's crazy how our justice system works. People with drug charges, DUI's, and bad checks serve more time in "prison" than child molesters, rapists, and murderers or in this case. I am pleased to see that he is actually being forced to serve a lengthy prison sentence, rather than a couple of months, then out on parole.
  • by Charles Location: Quitman,Ms on Feb 2, 2010 at 02:14 AM
    He did not get enough time for this. Criminals getting away with a slap on the wrist.
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