Sanford pleaded guilty to attempted murder

Published 7:00 am Friday, February 10, 2017

On Feb. 9, a man pleaded guilty to attempted murder after beating a woman with a claw hammer, according to a press release from the 15th District Attorneys Office.
On Aug. 23, 2016, Poplarville Police Department officers were dispatched to 415 North Jackson Street, the release states. Upon arrival, officers observed a female, identified as Sagan Brooks, lying on a couch with wounds all over her body, the release states. After further investigation, it was revealed the man, identified as Jason Sanford, 32, of 37 Abercrombie Knight Road, Seminary, beat Sagan with a claw hammer, according to the release.
“It was one of the worst beatings I have witnessed in my law enforcement career where someone survived,” Poplarville Police Chief Butch Raby said in the release.
Sanford fled the scene, according to the release, and was apprehended the next day.
Brooks was immediately treated for multiple contusions in addition to face and jaw fractures.
“The victim is still recovering from this heinous crime and will require further medical treatment,” Hal Kittrell, 15th district attorney, said in the release.
Kittrell would like to commend the Poplarville Police Department and its staff for their hard work in the case, the release states.
The suspect will be sentenced on Feb. 28, the release states, and faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in jail.

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