Career criminal convicted of choking security guard unconscious

Career criminal convicted of choking security guard unconscious

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man with more than 15 prior felonies was found guilty of choking a security officer unconscious in a shoplifting incident.

Christopher Talley was convicted of attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, and theft.

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He faces up to 30 years in prison. He is set to be sentenced March 2.

The incident happened back in August of 2014 when a security guard at T.J.Maxx on Park Ave. caught Talley trying to steal a half dozen Michael Kors purses.

When he tried to catch him, Talley threw up and shouted, "I have AIDS. I'm going to give you AIDS."

Talley attacked the officer, wrapped a wire cable around his neck, and choked him until he lost consciousness.

Talley escaped, but was caught 11 days later when a tip came into CrimeStoppers.