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Madison County man gets two life sentences for domestic violence

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A Madison County man has been convicted for multiple instances of abusing women.

District Attorney Bubba Bramlett announced that Tyler Culberson, 31, was convicted of two counts of aggravated domestic violence.

On October 30, 2022, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a car accident on N. Old Canton Road. When officers arrived, they found a car with severe damage to both sides, and a completely splintered power pole. The female driver of the car and an eyewitness to the wreck indicated that her car had been forced off the road by another car. Her car had gone airborne, striking a tree and then a light pole.

Upon further investigation, the female victim stated she had been trying to escape her boyfriend, Tyler Culberson. Culberson had assaulted her the night before at a home in the city of Madison. The victim had bite marks on her face and arms, bruises on the back of her neck, a black eye, and a broken arm.

The Madison Police Department put a BOLO out for Culberson’s vehicle to surrounding agencies. The next night, the Richland Police Department located the vehicle within their city. Culberson gave officers a fake name and ran from them when they tried to take him into custody. He was eventually located hiding behind a daycare.

During the trial, the victim detailed the months of abuse from Culberson. She stated she was too afraid to leave him or tell anyone. The victim stated that on the night in question, Culberson had become enraged with jealousy and strangled her, bit her, and punched her multiple times. When he went into the bathroom the next morning, she fled the house and jumped in her car. As she was racing towards help, Culberson came from behind her in his vehicle and forced her car off the road.

The treating emergency room doctor detailed the victim’s multiple injuries. He testified the victim’s arm was broken which is commonly viewed as a defensive wound that occurs when someone is shielding themselves from injury.

Multiple officers testified, and the body camera footage from the Richland police chase was played for the jury. Finally, the state put on testimony from a former victim of Culberson’s abuse. He previously abused her in a nearly identical manner in 2016, including choking, biting, and beating her.

Culberson was convicted of aggravated domestic violence for these events in Rankin County and released from prison only months before the events for which he was on trial.

The suspect is said to be a violent habitual offender, which mandates a life sentence without parole for each offense. Circuit Judge Bradley Mills ordered that Culberson serve those two life sentences consecutive to one another.

“Tyler Culberson has proven to be a danger to women, and society as a whole. He spent almost four years in prison for assaulting a woman in Rankin County. Less than a year after his release, he did it again. The victim in this case is lucky to have survived both the beating and the car wreck. Culberson has never shown any amount for his any of his actions,” District Attorney Bramlett stated.

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