A Holmes County jury recommended Wednesday by a count of 9-3 that Johnny Mack
Sketo Calhoun be executed for the 1st-degree murder of Mia Brown.
State Attorney Glenn Hess and Assistant State Attorney Brandon Young presented
evidence to support 3 legal aggravating factors to justify the death sentence:
the murder was committed while Calhoun was engaged in the commission of
kidnapping or arson; the murder was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel; and
the murder was committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner without
any pretense of moral or legal justification.
Calhoun, 34, of 1072 Newton Road, Bonifay, kidnapped Mia Chay Brown the night
of Dec. 16, 2010, bound her with duct tape, put her into the trunk of her car
and on Dec. 17, 2010, he set the car on fire, burning her alive.
He was convicted Tuesday of 1st-degree murder.
Wednesday’s vote was simply a recommendation, but it carries great weight with
The next phase will be a hearing to allow the attorneys a chance to present
additional evidence directly to the judge to help him make his decision.
Generally, the judge then takes another month or so to prepare written findings
in advance of the sentencing hearing.
According to the state Department of Corrections, there are currently no
inmates on death row from Holmes County. The last men to be executed from
Holmes County were Pleas Dixon in 1945 and Frank Peterson in 1959.
(source: WJHG News)