Francis to appear before Parole Board

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Troopers Association is rallying its members and the public to oppose parole for inmate William Francis, who is serving a seven-year sentence related to the 2009 death of a state trooper.

The state Parole Board meets Dec. 6.

Francis pleaded guilty in 2010 to felony fleeing in the death of Trooper Steve Hood of Guntown. Francis was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 33 years suspended. He’ll also serve five years of supervised probation.

Authorities say Hood was killed on May 29, 2009, when lost control of his patrol vehicle and hit a tree while chasing a souped-up Trans-Am driven by Francis.

The accident occurred a few miles from Hood’s home. Hood was a 27-year veteran of the Highway Patrol.