Parole denied in death of local trooper case

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal

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.