Two men, both named Curtis, now have more than a first name in common – both will spend the rest of their lives behind bars after being sentenced in DeSoto Parish under Louisiana’s habitual offender law.
Curtis Cannon Jr., convicted in August of shooting a man on a trail ride, and Curtis D. Jones, convicted in September for selling crack cocaine, will never again taste freedom, due to
previous convictions for multiple offenses.
Cannon was convicted of shooting his victim numerous times in the torso and abdominal area, and Jones was convicted of selling crack cocaine not once, not twice, but three times to a police informant. Each of Jones’ transactions with the informant were captured on police surveillance video.
The convictions were neither Jones, nor Cannon’s first rodeos. Cannon had an extensive criminal history before the trail ride shooting, with a plethora of felony convictions that included attempted manslaughter, aggravated battery, illegal use of weapons and attempted murder. Jones had a number of drug convictions, including possession of cocaine, felony possession of marijuana, and drug distribution.
Richard Z. Johnson, Jr., district attorney in DeSoto Parish , said Cannon’s life sentence was a just result. "Our state’s habitual offender law is tailor-made for violent, dangerous felons just like Curtis Cannon. In reviewing this defendant’s criminal history, it’s obvious that he has repeatedly hurt people and would continue doing so if given half the chance. This sentence provides comfort for this man’s victims and makes our community a safer place.”
Johnson said Jones’ predicament should send a message to drug dealers everywhere. "Drugs continue to be one of the most serious problems that we face. This office will continue our
aggressive efforts to punish those who damage our community with drugs. Curtis Jones’ life sentence means that there is one less drug dealer on our streets.”
Assistant District Attorney Britney A. Green prosecuted both cases.