Madison Shooter that left Victim Paralyzed Receives 40-year Sentence

For Immediate Release
Wednesday August 1, 2012
For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Craig D. Sallie was convicted by a jury of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, receiving a 40-year sentence for shooting Jason Gregory in 2011. Ten years of his sentence was suspended.

Guest stated, “For someone to shoot an unarmed victim multiple times in the back and then, when the victim is down, walk right up to him and shoot him again is a truly hardened criminal and a coward who deserves the verdict handed down by the jury and the sentence imposed by the court.”

Guest added, “Sallie’s conviction shows if criminals continue committing crimes, they will face stronger sentences and will be removed from society for a longer period of time.”

On November 28, 2011, Sallie and the victim were arguing outside of Sallie’s residence in Flora, when Sallie pulled a gun and shot the victim several times as he turned his back to walk away. He then fled from the scene before the police arrived.

The victim was airlifted to The University of Mississippi Medical Center for treatment for multiple gunshot wounds.

During their investigation, law enforcement interviewed several witnesses who identified Sallie as the gunman. Police were able to obtain Sallie’s mobile phone number. The investigator called the number and left a message for Sallie to call him immediately regarding this incident. Sallie returned the investigator’s call and told him that he was currently in Gulfport and would meet him in Flora when he returned.

After further questioning by the investigator, Sallie admitted that he was not in Gulfport and later turned himself into the Madison County Sheriff’s Department where he was questioned and arrested. Upon questioning, Sallie admitted to shooting Johnson during their argument, but claimed it was self-defense.

Guest concluded, “The Madison County Sheriff’s Department did an outstanding job of providing our office with the evidence needed to take a violent offender from arrest to trial to conviction in a period of only eight months.”

District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, which encompasses Madison and Rankin Counties. For more information about the District Attorney’s office, please visit www.daguest.com.

Defendant:
Name: Craig D. Sallie
Date of Birth: June 29, 1980
Address: 3010 Center Street, Flora

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