Texas prison inmate gets death in slaying of female guard

Mari Johnson. (TDCJ photo)
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ANSON, Texas (AP) A convicted sex offender found guilty of killing a female corrections officer in Texas was sentenced to death Tuesday.

A Jones County jury ordered the death penalty for 24-year-old Dillion Compton.

Compton was convicted of capital murder Oct. 15 in the July 2016 slaying of guard Mari Johnson, whose beaten body was found in a storage unit at the Robertson prison in Abilene.

The killing occurred while Compton was incarcerated for aggravated sexual assault of a child in a 2010 attack on a Dallas County girl.

Prosecutors say Johnson suffered blunt force trauma and a crushed throat.

Compton was found with scratches on his face and his skin underneath Johnson's fingernails.

Deliberations in the penalty phase began Monday in Anson.

The defense claimed the injuries were sustained when Compton attempted an "aggressive" form of CPR on her.

Johnson, 55, was found unresponsive at around 3 a.m. July 16, 2016.

She was taken to Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene where she was pronounced dead.

Johnson had been with the prison system since August 2009.

Compton's defense attorney said Compton and Johnson had a sexual relationship.