Itawamba County Man Receives a Life Sentence in the Killing of a Fellow Inmate

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Tyler James Smith pled guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of Clifton Majors.

On September 1, 2013, Smith and Majors were both incarcerated in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and were being housed at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility located in Rankin County. Smith was incarcerated on two counts of grand larceny from Itawamba County and was serving a two year sentence. Majors was incarcerated on burglary and robbery convictions. Smith was a member of the Simon City Royals prison/street gang.

On the night of the first, Smith was in the common area of the cell block in which he and Majors were housed. Smith was able to gain access to Majors’ cell. Once inside the cell Smith struck, stomped, choked and beat Majors until he stopped breathing. After killing Majors, Smith then left the cell and attempted to attack two others inmates but was unable carry out the assaults because he was not able to make entry to their cells.
Correctional officers were alerted of the actions of Smith and they locked down the area and placed Smith in an isolated holding area. Investigators with the Department of Corrections were contacted and began to investigate the death of Majors. Investigators collected Smith’s clothing which contained the blood of the victim. Investigators also interviewed Smith and obtained a written statement where he admitted to killing Majors.

Guest stated, “Smith is a dangerous individual who brutally took the life of another and has shown no remorse for his actions. Smith will now return to prison where he will spend the rest of his life.”

Guest concluded, “Smith is a habitual offender and gang member who must not be allowed to re-enter society. We hope that this conviction and sentence will protect others from the violent actions of Smith.”

Name: Tyler James Smith
Date of Birth: August 31, 1993
Address: Mississippi Department of Corrections