Man sentenced in death of Eupora police officer

From Press & Staff Reports

Brandon Johnson has been sentenced to serve 40 years for his role in last fall’s death of Eupora Police Cpl.

Keith Crenshaw.
Highway Patrol spokesman Warren Strain said in a news release that Johnson, 27, of Orlando, Fla., was sentenced Aug. 5 in Grenada County Circuit Court.
Johnson, formerly of Eupora, earlier pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of second-degree murder.
Circuit Judge Clarence Morgan III sentenced him as a habitual offender to 40 years on each count with the sentences to run at the same time. The judge ordered Johnson to serve day-for-day with no chance for parole or early release.
Johnson had originally been indicted in Webster County on charges of capital murder and possession of a deadly weapon by a felon. He was scheduled to go on trial in Grenada on the armed robbery charge the day that he pleaded guilty.
Crenshaw, 52, died Oct. 23 after being struck by a Nissan Altima that Johnson and two other individuals used as a getaway vehicle in an armed robbery at Speedee Cash in Grenada and an attempted armed robbery earlier that morning at CB&S Bank in Eupora. Johnson was a passenger in the car.
Johnson’s accomplices died as a result of the crash that occurred following a high-speed pursuit and wreck on U.S. 82 at the Eupora exit onto Mississippi 9. Crenshaw was placing spike strips along U.S. 82 in front of the suspects’ car when he was struck and killed.
The car hit the base of a metal utility pole afterwards. Nathaniel Robinson, 22, died at the scene of the crash and the driver, Frank Levon Maye, 33, died the next day at a Tupelo hospital. Both were also of Orlando.
The week before Johnson’s conviction, the section of U.S. 82 between the east and west intersections with Mississippi 182 was dedicated as the “Keith Alan Crenshaw Memorial Highway.”