Justice Served for Mia Brown; Johnny Calhoun Sentenced

By: Bergen Baucom Email
By: Bergen Baucom Email

Holmes County, FL -- May 18, 2012 --

The man responsible for one of the most sadistic murders in recent history was back in court Friday where Circuit Court Judge, Chris Patterson decided his fate.

Ultimately, Patterson followed the jury's recommendation and sentenced Johnny Skeeto Calhoun to the death penalty for the murder of Esto store clerk, Mia Brown. He also added 100 years for kidnapping.

In 2010, Calhoun kidnapped Brown, put her in the trunk of her own car, and burned the car with her alive inside in a wooded area near Heartford, Alabama.

Family and friends have been waiting for this day for over a year, and Friday, Browns killer was brought to justice.

"This man will not suffer the way my daughter did. And we're not vengeful people I don't want him to suffer that way, But I really think there's some things that you need to lay down your life" Mia's father, James Blake Williams told us.

And some family members felt that justice wouldn't really be served until Calhoun was executed. "Average inmates stay about 13 years [before execution] so that's something I'll think about everyday" said Chuck Biddle, Mia's brother.

And although Mia can never be replaced, her family said they're humbled by the outpouring of support they've received during this time. They said they are thankful for a community that has helped keep the legacy of Mia alive.

"Mia had a very kind heart and a wonderful smile and it brought her great joy to bring joy to others" said Mia Browns Mother, Nancy Williams.

Under Florida law, all cases that receive the death sentence are automatically appealed. But, state attorney, Glen Hess said he believes the verdict and sentence will be upheld. "'This was the correct sentence. I'm confident this will be upheld on appeal. They're going to have a hard time finding error" Hess told us.

Mia's family established the Mia Chay Brown scholarship fund to carry on her memory. Donations can be made at the Bonifay Credit Union.


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  • by Natty Bumppo Location: Tally on May 19, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    Umm, if the actual murder was committed in Alabama, how can they try him for the murder in Florida? The kidnapping, sure, but something must have been left out of the article.
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      by the world is so messed up. on May 19, 2012 at 09:06 PM in reply to Natty Bumppo
      i dont understand why he was tried in len county. she was killed in alabamaa. i dont think she was even kidnapped in leon. she was kidnapped on the alabama-fl state line where she worked according to google. EITHER WAY IT IS OVER FOR HIM.
  • by Betty on May 19, 2012 at 01:44 PM
    LIST ON DEATH ROW Total White Males 238 Total Black Males 144 Total Other Males 13 Total White Females 1 Total Black Females 1 Total Other Females 2 5/19/2012 Total 399 Hall, Freddie 022762 BM BEEN THERE SINCE 1968 Duckett, James 112232 WM 06/30/1988 (GF of Trenton Duckett, 4 YO, disappeared from mom's house) So Hall has been there since 1968, that's almost 44 years.
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      by wow only 2 women? on May 19, 2012 at 08:51 PM in reply to Betty
      i can think of a bus load that needs to be there.
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      by DJH454 on May 25, 2012 at 09:55 PM in reply to Betty
      look at the pictures real close, these criminals are sick (health wise. A true fact is that no one can be put to death unless they are healthy enough. If you are sick you will not be put to death, but you will die on deathrow!!
  • by Betty on May 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
    That town Mia disappeared from knew Skeeto was a drug addict. But they didn't look for him right away. I think they should put him in a burning car and burn him alive - that would be justice. I just wonder how did he get her? When she took him home? He had asked her for a ride home that evening.
  • by Meee Location: CVille on May 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM
    I believe in the punishment of an eye-for-an-eye so why cant his punishment be the same or similar? This is ridiculous. It is also absurd knowing this menace will be living in a secured facility, with a place to sleep and 3 square meals a day on MY hard earned money to await his judgment day. The economy is shot because we have to house people for an average of 13 years that are sentenced to die. Ron White said Texas passed it to where if you commited murder, you were not waiting it out, you were going to the front of the line and the execution would take place quicker. Why can't all states have an "express lane" on death row?
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      by Thank Liberals on May 19, 2012 at 01:12 PM in reply to Meee
      Thank your liberal friends.
  • by no one on May 19, 2012 at 03:55 AM
    I don't understand why it takes an average of 13 years to put a piece of garbage like this to sleep. Any other animal that kills a human is immediately put down. Why do we waste so much money keeping animals like this alive? He's been proven guilty, put him out of our misery!
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      by Liberal II on May 19, 2012 at 01:12 PM in reply to no one
      Libtards! In a word . . .
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        by roger on May 19, 2012 at 06:33 PM in reply to Liberal II
        for those that do not understand....'liberals' are the reason scum like this gets to live for 13 years
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      by Bubba on May 20, 2012 at 06:01 AM in reply to no one
      Bunch of mouth-breathing rejects from history, one and all. It is called the law - if you don't like it, change it, but quit your panty waist complaining. Why are conservatives always so dumb?
  • by Dan Location: Texas on May 19, 2012 at 02:04 AM
    Why can't justice be served simular to the crime committed. This so called sad example of a human shouldn't have (13) yrs to breathe and rights to appeal. The evidence, testimonies & etc. have served without a doubt-then execute is immediate. In the cattle & horse stealing days. I like the hard and fast rule. Found guilty today and tomorrow hanging at sunrise or high noon. In today's judicial system is toothless & serving time in lock-up is suppose to be harsh be a deterance of criminally active. Want to effectively deter-then bring back the execution by hanging, fire squad,and guillatine. In the countries with effective laws that actually bite & the offense worthy of the punishment equals very little crimes. Luckily, I am not a judge for any court. No DEFENDANT with either a minor or serious offense case would want to appear before me let alone the attornies.
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      by SNA on May 20, 2012 at 03:14 PM in reply to Dan
      "Why can't justice be served simular to the crime committed." Because we would want an otherwise civilized society to hold itself to a higher standard than the dregs that commit heinous crimes. And capital punishment has never and will never serve as a deterrent for anything. Does it seem that this case deserves the death penalty? Yes. Should it take 13 years? No. But he shouldn't be denied the appeals that he is entitled to.
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