Poplarville, Mississippi. 15th Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell announces that on February 9, 2017, Jason Sanford, 32, of Covington County, Mississippi, pled guilty to the attempted murder of Sagan Brooks. Sanford will be sentenced on February 28, 2017 by Judge Prentiss Harrell and could be sentenced to not less than 20 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

On August 23, 2016, Officers with the Poplarville Police Department were dispatched to 415 North Jackson Street. When officers arrived on scene, they observed a female, Sagan Brooks, lying on a couch with wounds and blood all over her body. The investigation revealed that Sanford had beaten Ms. Brooks with a claw hammer. Sanford fled the scene, but was apprehended the following day. Ms. Brooks was treated for multiple contusions and fractures to her face and jaw.

Chief of Police Butch Raby said, “It was one of the worst beatings I have witnessed in my law enforcement career where someone survived.”

Hal Kittrell added, “The victim is still recovering from this heinous crime and will require further medical treatment. She has truly been permanently injured by this man. I would like to commend the Poplarville Police Department and my staff, including Assistant District Attorney Clay Cranford, for their hard work that led this defendant to be brought to justice quickly.”