Man sentenced to life in prison for 2015 Ridgeland sexual assault

Samuel Young (Photo: WJTV)
Samuel Young (Photo: WJTV)

RIDGELAND, Miss. (WJTV) — A Madison County grand jury found a man guilty of a 2015 sexual assault after a two-day trial.

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest said Samuel Terrail Young, Jr. is sentenced to life without parole.

In June 2015, Ridgeland Police went to an apartment on Rice Road after a woman called and told them she had been sexually assaulted. Around 10 p.m. that night, the victim said she was confronted by an unknown man in her bedroom.

He demanded money, and when she didn’t give him any, he began to attack her.

The victim was taken to the hospital and a sexual assault kit was completed. The profile was run through the national DNA database and was matched to the DNA on file for young. Young.

Young was currently on federal probation for bank robbery and a weapons violation.

The Ridgeland Police Department issued a warrant for Young’s arrest and he was taken into custody with the assistance of the Federal Probation Office.

“Young is violent and dangerous habitual offender who had been out of jail for one week before committing this heinous crime,” D.A. Guest said. “He has shown that he will not abide by the laws that govern our society and will now have to spend the rest of his life in prison. This conviction and sentence removes another violent criminal from Madison County streets forever.”

Young has numerous prior felony convictions. According to D.A. Guest, he was previously convicted of Aggravated Assault in Madison County in 2008, Bank Robbery and a Felon in Possession of a Firearm in United States District Court in 2011, and Automobile Theft in Hinds County in 2012.

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