UPDATE: Hood get probation for plea to kidnapping charge

By Patsy R. Brumfield / Daily Journal

3:35 p.m.

TUPELO – Steveland Hood was sentenced to five years’ probation, and Judge James Roberts sternly cautioned him to walk the legal line or find himself heading for a 20-year sentence, which Roberts suspended.

(Read Wednesday’s Daily Journal for details.)

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TUPELO – Steveland Hood pleaded guilty today to kidnapping two people during an alcohol-induced event in 2008.

Hood, 34, entered his plea after an hour-long hearing that resulted in Circuit Judge James Roberts’ declaring him competent to stand trial.

A few minutes later, Hood’s attorney, Anthony Farese of Ashland, announced to the court that Hood accepted the prosecution’s offer on just the kidnapping count.

A grand jury indicted him for holding Ernest Alexander and Dr. Kathleen Locker agains their will, as well as an aggravated assault charge.

Prosecutor David Daniels said the maximum penalty is 30 years. Daniels said they did not offer a term, but that he had agreed to a five-year sentence.

Roberts said one victim said he should serve time and the other said he shouldn’t? Daniels said that was correct.

During the earlier hearing, witnesses said in May 2009 Hood held the two at gunpoint while intoxicated by alcohol and later offered the gun to them to end his life.

Two psychologists basically agreed Hood suffered from depression and bipolar disorder. He said he he receiving regular treatment for the conditions.

Before he was sentenced, Farese said he will offer witnesses. Hood said he would make a statement after the witnesses testify.

Read more in Wednesday’s NEMS Daily Journal.