Man pleads guilty to murder, drugs
A Madison County man received 30 years without parole after pleading guilty to murder and drug trafficking charges, according to Madison County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett.
Johnnie Harris, Jr., 37, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and trafficking in controlled substances and was sentenced to serve 30 years without the possibility of early release or parole for each count in the sentenced handed down by by Circuit Judge Steve Ratcliff.
The case stems from a May 2021 incident were a Canton motel housekeeping crew found Takoria Brown, 38, slumped over in a wheelchair in a room. Police said Brown had been shot multiple times.
“We appreciate the work done by the Mississippi Department of Investigations, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and the Canton Police Department that allowed our office to obtain a guilty plea in this matter,” Bramlett said.
Assistant District Attorney Ashley Allen said Harris pleaded and was sentenced on Monday, Nov. 14.
“Ms. Brown’s family is thankful to avoid a trial in this matter and also to see justice for LuLu,” Bramlett said.
On May 7, 2021, officers were called to the Canton motel for a report of a deceased woman in a room.
When officers arrived at the motel room, they discovered that the room had been rented by Harris.
Surveillance tapes also showed Harris at the motel room with Brown that night and leaving alone in the morning.
Brown was never again seen on any surveillance tapes after initially entering the room.
After obtaining a search warrant for the motel room, officers located over 500 pills containing methamphetamine among Harris’s belongings that were still in the room, officials said.