Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Mallory Hood is Sentenced to 18 Years Proving South Carolina Courts are Out of Control
The Charleston Post and Courier recently reported that Mallory Hood a 22 year old Mount Pleasant, South Carolina woman was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to the felony DUI death of a Navy sailor.
In May 2008, Justin Elliott, 24, and three other motorcyclists stopped at a Highway 17 red light in front of the Towne Centre in Mount Pleasant. As the group accelerated, Elliott lost control of his bike and fell into the oncoming traffic.
That's when a Ford Explorer driven by Mallory L. Hood drove through the intersection, running over Elliott. He died on the scene, suffering massive injuries. A second motorcyclist also was struck and severely injured.
Hood was later pulled over by police who detected a strong odor of alcohol. A blood test administered three hours after the accident set her blood alcohol at .26 — far above the state's legal limit of .08. Police estimates are that at the time of the incident, her blood alcohol content was as high as the .30 range.
Hood had been held since her arrest unable to make bond and was assigned a public defender. (Cedar Posts is aware that the Post and Courier story reports that she was released on a $50,000 bond).
I understand those who think 18 years is justified. But frankly I don't care to spend my tax dollars to screw up Ms. Hood's life any more than it is already. I won't feel any safer with Ms. Hood in prison, when rapists and gang bangers are out roaming the streets.
I don't see any benefit in putting this girl in prison, when violent offenders are getting a free pass and our state prisons are already over crowded.
Clearly this girl got a raw deal and because she lacked the financial resources to have a proper defense she spent the last two years in jail waiting to be sentenced. A sentence that does not fit the crime.
The system is broken, and this girl is the poster child for judicial reform in South Carolina. Her sham defense attorney is a joke should be ashamed. The courts and the judge should be ashamed as well.
A little more than six months after Hood's May 2008 accident, another DUI fatality occurred on the James Island connector in Charleston. Amy McCormick who had two prior convictions for DUI entered the expressway going in the wrong direction at 1 o'clock in the morning. Less than two miles later she struck, head on a car belonging to Brett Maynard. Mr. Maynard died at the scene. Maynard's wife and McCormick's son were also injured.
Amy McCormick plead guilty to four counts of felony DUI in July of 2oo9 and was given a ten year prison sentence, credit for time served. She will be eligible for release in 2015.
Why was Mallory Hood given a sentence nearly double, despite the fact that she had no prior DUI convictions, and the fact that the accident may have not been avoidable? Hood will be eligible for release in 2027.
And the masses are silent because this could never happen to them. Think again! This could be you or your daughter.