Man Sentenced for Causing Trooper's Crash

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Pontotoc County Circuit Judge William Gardner III sentenced William Andrew Francis Friday for his role in the death of Trooper Steve Hood of Tupelo.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Francis was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 33 years suspended, after pleading guilty to a charge of felony fleeing. He'll also serve five years of supervised probation.

Hood was killed during a high-speed chase, after his patrol car ran off the road and struck a tree.


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  • by Meridian Location: Meridian on Sep 30, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    He gave my sister a ticket. He was cold as ice. Such a heartless man. If he hadn't decided to go chasing after another speeder to make his quota he would be alive.
  • by Tupelo Location: Mississippi on Sep 29, 2010 at 06:05 AM
    What no one is saying is this... Trooper Hood was really off duty and going to go eat with is family. He saw the car fly by and decided to chase him. He wrecked because of his own poor driving skills and thus died. He was also way over weight for MHP standards.
  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Sep 26, 2010 at 01:01 AM
    40 years for being a better driver? At least it was a tree and not a car full of kids. He deserves time for running but Leo's should also know their limitations.Sounds like another Yeehaw chase for a minor infraction. Sorry for sounding cold but they will start a chase over a shoplifting charge and risk how many lives just for the thrill of the chase.
  • by Sad Mississippian Location: Meridian on Sep 24, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    Wow. The value of the life of a Trooper's life (probably all law enforcement).... Seven Years to Serve of a 40 year sentence. He'll only serve about 1 year in Prison and be out on probation. Build more prisons and let him serve 33 years for his crime... taking a Human life.
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