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Parole denied in death of local trooper case
by Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
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JACKSON - The early release of William Francis, convicted of felony fleeing in the death of Guntown Trooper Steve Hood, has been denied by the Mississippi Parole Board.

Lisa Hood confirmed Saturday that she had received a letter from the five member Parole Board simply stating that the man who fled from her husband in May 2009 had been denied early release.

In early December, Lisa Hood appeared before the Parole Board in opposition to the early release of Francis, 27, whom Hood a 27-year Highway Patrol veteran was in pursuit of when he lost control of his patrol vehicle and was killed near his Guntown home. Francis pleaded guilty to felony fleeing in the trooper's death and was sentenced in 2010 to 40 years in prison with 33 years suspended.

"I am definitely glad to get this behind me," said Lisa Hood of receiving the letter. "It is a big relief to know he will still be there for awhile."

Read more about this story in Sunday's NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.

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Pragmatic
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January 08, 2012
Funny how it is always the fault of Law Enforcement until some nimrod kills your family member then it becomes, "where were the troopers/officers/deputies to keep it from happening". Bubba NOS'd up the car and wanted to test it out and that decision led to this outcome, period. Had Trooper Hood not initiated pursuit and the nimrod ran into a church van killing 10, and all of you found out that Hood had done nothing then you would be on this forum wanting his head and badge on a platter. The nimrod made a stupid decision and this is the outcome. Let him live with it in prison.
americasgone
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January 08, 2012
DJ reported earlier that the nitrous system was not even completely installed and therefore could not have been a factor in the chase. Hood overreacted. Likely his ego got the best of him.
TRS
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January 08, 2012
Nothing is being gained by keeping this young man in prison and away from his family. Officer Hood's death was a result of his own bad judgment. I have always believed that the officer simply lost his temper, and it cost him his life. The officer's car was the only one that was out of control that day.

I don't believe that officer Hood gave up his live in vain though. I believe that his fellow officer's have learned that it is not worthwhile to lose your life in hopes of issuing a speeding or reckless driving citation.
americasgone
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January 08, 2012
100 percent in agreement.
aag38863
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January 07, 2012
Snowbuzzard you need to go back and read what happen that afternoon!!
talonted
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January 07, 2012
Snowbuzzard, how exactly did Mr. Francis cost officer Hood his life?
snowbuzzard
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January 07, 2012
Shame on you for blaming the officer. I hope he serves every minute of the time he was given. HE cost a good and hard working person their life and his family lost their father and husband. I personally hope he spends the rest of his life there so Officer Hoods family never has to see him again.
VivaLaRassa
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January 07, 2012
Your destiny is the outcome of the decisions you make!?
Ca9ron
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January 07, 2012
I agree with you DosChiChis. I think he should not been locked up and he should be released. The trooper should not have been going that fast. He was definitely was old enough to know better than to do that. He knew where the person lived and he could have gotten him later.
DosChiChis
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January 07, 2012
Very sad that the trooper died, but the reality is he had no business chasing this boy. Just as the boy was "hot roding" so was the trooper. Police policy every where but Ms says you don't chase a suspect under these circumstances, especially when you have known them all your life and know exactly where they live. Keeping this kid behind bars will do nothing more than teach him to be a real hardened criminal and ruin two lives.
VivaLaRassa
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January 07, 2012
Very Well Put!!!