CORNELL HOOD # 492882
DIXON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE
PO BOX 788
JACKSON LA, 70748
REGISTER NUMBER: 492882 DORM E
RACE: AFRICAN AMERICAN
LOCATED AT: DIXON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE
RELEASE DATE: LIFE
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in February 2011, 35 year-old Cornell Hood II was sentenced to die in prison for attempting to possess marijuana with intent to distribute.
Prosecutors charged that two probation officers performing a warrantless “residence check” found less than two pounds of marijuana in the house Cornell shared with his mother and young son near Slidell, in the St. Tammany Parish of Louisiana. Hood’s trial lasted only one day. Although the conviction would ordinarily carry a sentence of no more than 15 years, Hood was sentenced to life without parole under Louisiana’s habitual offender law because he had two prior convictions for possession of marijuana with intent to sell and one conviction for distribution of marijuana.
Hood, who is Black, had never before served time in prison, as he had received a five-year suspended sentence and five years’ probation for each of his prior convictions; he had been convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana on December 18, 2009, and he had pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute five years earlier in February 2005. Hood’s sentence was later vacated after the state agreed to strike his two December 2009 predicate convictions, and he was re-sentenced to 25 years in prison.