Stabbing Sends Man to Prison for 15 Years

April 16, 2018

Julian Dodson was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday in the 2016 stabbing of a fellow resident at a mental health facility in Newton County, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Newton County Circuit Court Judge Chris Collins sentenced the 29-year-old to 20 years with 15 of those years to serve in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and five years suspended on post-release supervision. A jury found Dodson guilty earlier this week on one count of aggravated assault for stabbing a fellow resident more than 20 times in the back and neck with a knife. The patient survived the incident.

“This is a case where someone who is mentally ill unfortunately gained access to a weapon and caused harm to another person,” said General Hood. “My office has worked closely with MDOC, local law enforcement, and the facility to ensure both the victim and the defendant receive the proper care, including while the defendant serves time for this crime.”

This case was investigated by Trey Rogers with assistance from the Newton Police Department. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Katie Moulds.

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