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Man Is Sent To Prison For Life After Four Weed Convictions

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Marijuana Give Man Life In Prison

Really?

A man is going to be sent to jail for the rest of his life over marijuana possession?

Granted, you'd think he'd learn and he wouldn't keep close to two pounds of it in his home after requesting a new probation officer because he was moving, but sending him to jail for the rest of his life is just ridiculous.

Here's what happened:

At Hood's one-day trial, the evidence presented by the prosecution included a digital scale and about a dozen bags that had contained marijuana before being seized from the house, testimony showed. Deputies also found $1,600 in cash and a student-loan application with Hood's name on it inside of a night stand.

Jurors deliberated for less than two hours and convicted Hood of a reduced charge, which usually carries no more than 15 years' imprisonment. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea Jr. then used Hood's past convictions on Thursday to argue that he was a career criminal worthy of a severe punishment.

A student-loan application?? Are you telling us that he was possibly thinking about going back to school, yet, he's been thrown into jail for life despite a jury giving him a reduced charge??

This doesn't make much sense to us. We don't know for sure, but it doesn't sound like they found any guns, or that the guy killed anyone, or really did any kind of horrible atrocity that deems a life sentence. In fact, it was HE who requested the new probation officer in accordance with moving.

It just sounds like he wasn't very smart. And yet he perhaps wanted to go back to school.

What kind of conclusions do U gather from this? Should he be in jail for life?

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61 comments to “Man Is Sent To Prison For Life After Four Weed Convictions”



  1. 1

    That is so fucking crazy



  2. 2

    This is unacceptable crazy and unrealistic to send this men in prison for life while theres so many pedophile killers that are sent in jail less then that!!!! This prosecution towards weed smoker should stop , smoking or buying weed is legal in other country and doesnt hurt any human been !!!!! iTS about time that the law in america change were in 2011 damn it wake up



  3. 3

    this sickens me esp with pedophiles, rapists and murders doing less to no time…and tax payers are footing the bill for this.



  4. 4

    Wow I can understand going to jail for a while because he's a repeat offender and marijuana is illegal, but life? They give less than 20 years to a people who rape or sexually abuses a toddler.



  5. 5

    I am pretty sure that he wanted the loan money for weed..but anyways that is ridiculous because there are people that get off for worse crimes. Sure he should have learned but i guess it depends on his extent of crime. His whole life is a bit much, why not something like 5-10 years?



  6. 6

    its crazy ! i dont smoke cigaretes dont drink not even coffe, but i do enjoy sometimes smoke a joint. That judge was in a bad day. sending people to jail because marijuana pff and the irony is that most of the smokers are all about "peace and love" listening to reggue and chilling on the beach, but then you got celebrities driving intoxication and its not a big deal oh sweet america



  7. 7

    I agree. Where is our government in all this? People who murder get off on less than that but some person that obvisouly wanted to better themselves goes to prison for life. It's not like he's a murderer or pedophile as far as we know. Crazy!



  8. 8

    THATS BULLSHIT. ARREST PEOPLE FOR ALCOHOL, THAT ACTUALLY KILLS PEOPLE. NOT ONE SINGLE DEATH HAS EVER BEEN LINKED TO MARIJUANA. FUCK THIS STUPID ASS COUNTRY, WEED HELPS PEOPLE, COPS DON'T. GO ARREST REAL CRIMINALS, GOSH DON'T PEOPLE HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO WITH THEIR LIVES.



  9. 9

    MARIO, AGAIN, YOU MUST LEARN TO READ AND COMPREHEND!!!! He lives in Louisiana, A STATE YOU DO NOT WANT TO COMMIT CRIMES IN . You, MARIO, LIVE in PANSY CA., where you go to JAIL FOR A FEW HOURS. LA. has CHAIN GANGS. …….. IT ALSO HAS 3 STRIKES AND YOUR…..OUT& IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE…. Doesn't matter if it is pot, or murder or assault. Third crime and your gone. HOOD knew where he lived, the state's rules, (yes, rather hard, maybe unfair) AND HE WAS STILL A MORON, IDIOT, JERK, AHOLE, ETC.



  10. 10

    it's a repeat offender law. it has nothing to do with the underlying crime. you get convicted of a certain number of felonies, you go to jail for life. this could have happened with white collar crimes like fraud or securities violations, passing bad checks, OR ANY OTHER FELONY. the law is the law, and he broke this law. laws like this are aimed at (1) deterring people from repeatedly breaking the law, and (more importantly) (2) getting repeat offenders off the street who have shown they cannot be rehabilitated.

    this has nothing to do with whether or not someone deserves to go to jail for life over marijuana. i personally think it's stupid, but until the law changes, he got the appropriate punishment.



  11. 11

    Re: sunny76 – my thoughts exactly!!! fucking pathetic



  12. 12

    by the way, perez, i wish you'd get the facts straight before you post an article like this. the judge didn't simply have a "bad day" and decide to sentence him to life on a whim. this sentence was mandated by Louisiana's repeat offender law.



  13. 13

    Celebrity gossip huh?



  14. 14

    that shouldnt even be POSSIBLE considering there are 15 states with it LEGAL.

    marijuana laws shouldn't even exist.
    "Our Governments are a joke. Poorly made sock puppets on the hand of capitalism. A new generation of open-minded intelligent youths are ready to tear down this charade of a society. The revolution is just beginning."



  15. 15

    Re: elanaa – marijuana isn't legal in 15 states. in fact, recreational use of marijuana is legal in ZERO states. medicinal use of marijuana is legal in some states. i hope you're not operating on the assumption that marijuana is legal in 15 states…you might end up like this guy.



  16. 16

    you can expect NORML to crawl up the district attorneys ass on this one. the kid wont even serve 3 years, guaran-fucking-teed.



  17. 17

    Wow. This is ridiculous. Marijuana should be legalized, or at the very least, de-criminalized. There's no reason why a man should spend the rest of his life in jail because of weed.



  18. 18

    The loan application was probably used to show that he lived there. They have to show possession and they show that by the fact he had mail in the night stand. oh Perez please learn the law of the state the person lives in. Its not Cali where you go to jail for a few hours



  19. 19

    HE SHOULD NOT BE GETTING ANY JAIL SENTENCE. Alcohol kills, cigarette kills. Weed? You get high, you come down from the high. You carry on with your day. I seriously am disgusted that this country is so inconsistent with their laws. Knowing what we know about the benefits and NO drawbacks to the HERBEL plant, marijuana, it amazes me that we persecute it while spending god knows how much money on TRUTH campaigns and anti smoking classes to children, instead of axing cigarettes are decriminalizing weed.



  20. 20

    Re: lucky4me13Re: justtfax

    thats right, that's why i had to flip out of louisiana, at nine they wanted to send this good stuff to jail, now, thanks to an Assistant District Attorney, all of my hummm! criminal charges has been droped, now i'm a free woman, and on top of all that i have brian (my nephew brian) to take my ass out of jail, but these to young men who commented on this case are right, this guy is busted! praise the lort, and keep it real, hellor.



  21. 21

    The law is the Law. Yeah the sentence seems skewed but hello - quit breaking the law. Hope it was worth it to him…



  22. 22

    That's how it should be. 3 strikes..and done. Can't say I agree with the dope being what put him there, but if every state adapted this rule, there would probably be a lot less jerk off criminals.



  23. 23

    High-larious. Cornell Hood II, (Mario couldn't bother with such details as Hood's first and last name, is a repeat offender who has been give probation repeatedly. Mario, don't squeal like a little girl but you are numero uno on Google hits for Mr. Hood. What's also amazing is that the rest of the links regarding this story are from the Reefer Times, You and Your Bong, Grower's Weekly, etc. What Mario and the rest of these fine media outlets failed to mention is that Cornall was dealing out of his home with his wife and young son present. I would not be surprised at all if Cornall is on welfare and just happened to have $1,600 laying around. He's an arrogant ass for getting getting popped a 4th time and putting his family in danger. Legalize pot and let the government collect a tax on it it just like everything else "we" buy. It may resolve the current economic depression. Buy American!



  24. 24

    damn. of all the things they could be spending time investigating, once again, someone with offenses relating to marijuana is the one they choose. what a waste of resources, time, tax payers money, etc. not to mention the limited space in prison.



  25. 25

    Rapists, pedophiles and killers can get out after a "couple" of years, while this person have to spend the rest of his life in jail with the forementioned? Wow. Marihuana is little compared to alcohol and tobacco, but of course, there are little to no legal consequences for abusing the two, even though the health consequences, f.ex., are severe and dangerous. What a paradox. I don't smoke, drink, nor do I use any types of drugs, but if I were to use anything, marihuana would be it. Even though there are side effects and consequences if it's abused, marihuana can be used for something good (MS, cancer, PTSD etc). It's frightening to think about the fact that I knew and understood that fact as a child, as I'm living in a world or a society where most don't know nor understands just that.



  26. 26

    Re: justtfax – Oh shut up. I lived a half hour outside Slidell. People smoke pot here! Lots and lots and lots of people! Just like everywhere else. These stupid "tough on crime" laws don't deter people. Just creates a freaking police state. If you agree the law may be unfair, why would you support a life sentence based on that law? You think about that.

  27. @v@ says – reply to this


    27

    No. The sentence is so out of proportion to the level of crime. I just read an article that stated that prisons in the U.S. are a lucrative business, and make a tidy per annum for every prisoner they fill them with. Who owns these contracts? Is there is NO common sense any more? I hope they appeal if it's possible. What this guy did is illegal, but life? Come on.



  28. 28

    Re: Cathy Love Stella – You said it!!! America can be great however, my lord are we screwed up…ALLLLLL the violence against women/children, not to mention all the white collar (wall street) crime that went on recently….THESE are the people who should be put away…..this dude with weed gets life???? Wow, weed is more harmless and less addicting (if at all) than alcohol YET alcohol is legal….not to mention all the deaths and violence it causes (or the stupid people that abuse it cause)….Sigh, this world…..Let's all just be kind to one another so that we can get through this!!!!



  29. 29

    This law needs to change. How much is it going to cost tax payers to keep these people in jail for the rest of their lives? Most importantly, there is nothing wrong with smoking weed. Go after the real criminals.



  30. 30

    Absolute insanity. Poor guy. Ditto what sunny76 said.



  31. 31

    PEREZ needs to do more research, find the Judges name and phone number, district attorney's phone number. Tell your other blog buds to post it on their sites too and get people calling. Make a big deal



  32. 32

    Wow what the hell is happening to the USA? This is completely unacceptable even if a repeat offender. Its weed. geez.
    This is absurd.



  33. 33

    Wow, are you stupid or something? Obviously he wasn't charged and sentenced solely for POSSESSION of marijuana. He was booked for TRAFFICKING, his 4th conviction for the class A felony charge. I'm pretty sure the DA and just were within their realm in choosing the life in prison term for this offense. Perez, you really need to consider finding people to write for you.



  34. 34

    this gets me so angry murderers get out of jail for GOOD BEHAVIOR and this man did nothing wrong and is being sentenced to life. bull shit



  35. 35

    LEGALIZE IT! And I'm not even a smoker. This is ridiculous already.



  36. 36

    lol, America is so garbage.



  37. 37

    This is just madness. Weed should be legal-everywhere.



  38. 38

    I hate people who smoke weed. It's so trashy, so I don't sincerely care.



  39. 39

    This is one of the reasons Canada is the best country in the world.



  40. 40

    pedophiles, rapists and murders get less than that



  41. 41

    Stupid. You can murder someone and be out in a few years. You can rape someone and get a slap on the wrist. Says a lot about our society, doesn't it?



  42. 42

    HE SHOULD HAVE GROWN UP TO BE A PEDOPHILE INSTEAD OF A POT SOMKER THAT WAY HE WOULD STILL BE FREE



  43. 43

    Re: Jumperchu – 100% agreed



  44. 44

    America, are you sure you want to use tax money to feed this guy for the rest of his life? c'mon…this is not 15 years ago. You are not a lender anymore, you're a borrower!



  45. 45

    this is totally fukd up!!!



  46. 46

    Research shows that cigarettes and alcohol are more dangerous to your health than weed, so why are cigarettes and alcohol legal, when weed is not? What is the government so afraid of? Maybe they don't want to lose all the money they make off putting middle class, employed $ people through the courts in order to keep it up and running. Seriously, this is not democracy, it's a dictatorship. If cigs and alcohol were illegal, it would be reasonable to also ban weed. But, when the government allows the two more harmful, and doesn't allow the less harmful, you know at the end of the day that it's all about the money that pot charges bring into the costs of administration. Maybe it's time for a vote, and let the majority of Americans decide how they want to live, and not leave it for just a few to make the decision for everyone. They tell you that you are living in a democratic country, but you are a sucker to believe that when they are not being democratic on this issue at all.



  47. 47

    Re: justtfax – CA has the 3 strikes law too dumbass



  48. 48

    just terrible.hopefully he can appeal? but people dont get it twisted. smoking - whether cigarettes or marijuana is unhealthy. the smoke in your lungs kills your cells and could cause emphysema which leads to death. dont be smoking joints thinking your in the clear. anything other than oxygen is bad for your lungs!!



  49. 49

    way over reacting! he broke the law yes, he should be punished yes. But jail time? thats stupid, killers have had way less time than that! By the time he gets out he'll probably start committing worse crimes!



  50. 50

    He should definitely appeal!



  51. 51

    Re: Jumperchu – And I hate asians. See, it's not nice to hate people because you are ignorant of them.



  52. 52

    How many chances does this guys need!!!

    COVINGTON—-District Attorney Walter Reed reports that 22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress has sentenced Jerome T. Martin, 33 of Folsom, to 20 years in prison. Martin was found to be a career criminal as the result of a hearing on Monday, April 4, 2011. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the state’s case. Martin qualified as a career criminal due to his five convictions. Martin’s latest conviction occurred when he was found guilty of attempted possession of a schedule one drug, ecstasy, on February 16, 2011. Mandeville Police observed the ecstasy in Martin’s vehicle after a traffic stop for a non visible license plate. Martin also has prior convictions for possession with intent to distribute marijuana in 2004, possession of cocaine in 2001 and carnal knowledge and simple burglary in 1997. Judge Childress ordered Martin to serve the 20 year prison sentence without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.



  53. 53

    Re: disk_eyes – Correct. I agree on every point.



  54. 54

    Child molesters and animal abusers get slaps on the wrist and they are throwing this guy in prison for LIFE for weed??? What. The. FUCK.



  55. 55

    Soooo when weed becomes legal are they going to overtune his conviction? This is a big fkn waste of tax payers money… for $150 he coulda gone to the "doctor" got himself a medicinal card and they wouldn't have been able to do ish about it. I am disgusted that my tax dollars will be spent to hole someone up in a jail cell when frankly in my opinion, he does not deserve to be there. Jail for life over some pot, but yet celebs who get DUI"s and kill people (and chase them all over town drunk in a stole car-LOHAN) get off scott free? This is pathetic.



  56. 56

    Re: Jumperchu – how do you feel about hoodrats who get drunk and wasted and fall down in the clubs…? :) lol I think there are a lot more "trashy" uncontrolled substances then weed… But please, do enlighten us on what exactly makes it trashy?



  57. 57

    Disgusting!
    That's justice????



  58. 58

    This is just fucking crazy, rapists and paedophiles get less than 5 years nowadays and this guy gets life ? RIDICULOUS !!!



  59. 59

    My ex boyfriend was a severe marijuana addict. Pothead sounds nice compared to him. He would lie manipulate and cheat anyone he could to get money to have more to smoke. He had to wake up and have it in the morning, at least one midday and one before bed.

    People who argue you cant be addicted to marijuana are fucking idiots.
    And all you pro marijuana users should read what about what that shits doing to your lungs. It is worse than regular tobacco despite all the arguments you smokers like to use otherwise.

    I think this is a good example of reminding people that is Illegal and not something to fucking joke about when you are talking about having this much POT. Its not one joint on a holiday this guys probably smoking morning noon and night just like my addicted ex.

    Drug addictions of all kinds be it legal or illegal turn people into grade a assholes who dont contribute a damn thing of good to society. All these kinds of people care about is themselves.

    This guy got what he deserved and I hope theres more of this in the future.

  60. lolli says – reply to this


    60

    pedos, rapist, street abortionsit, wife/children beaters, thieves rarely get time in prison let alone a life sentence, c'mon son this is fucking ridiculous. beyond insulting to all the victims of real crimes who can never have real justice on their side.



  61. 61

    Totally NOT right, its only weed…We have child molesters & murderers out there who spent less time….They who commit those two crimes should BE KILLED THEMSELVES, with NO Questions Asked…..BANG…….