Man Gets Life in Prison for Marijuana Conviction

Posted on May 6, 2011 in Drugs

Cornell Hood II was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and a St. Tammany Parish judge decided that, in light of Hood’s prior convictions, he deserved life in prison. This was Hood’s fourth conviction, and his first in St. Tammany.

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Hood had recently moved from New Orleans East to Slidell where he requested and received a new probation officer. On a routine visit, the officer found marijuana and alerted the authorities. In the parolee’s home, police found two pounds of marijuana in assorted bags and a digital scale, evidence of an intention to distribute.

Previously, Hood had received two convictions in Orleans Parish for distribution of marijuana, and both times he received a suspended five year prison sentence and five years probation. The St. Tammany prosecutor used these previous convictions to portray Hood as a lifetime criminal deserving a more serious sentence. The judge certainly agreed. After three convictions of a drug related crime that carries a sentence of ten or more years, offenders can be subject to life in prison, but it is rarely invoked for marijuana convictions.

If you or anyone you know is charged with the intent to distribute marijuana, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 for a case evaluation.

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