Houston minister sentenced to 20 years for pot
A Houston minister who was arrested in 2010 for marijuana in Mississippi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Rev. Henry Jackson Parker Jr. was pulled over in September of 2010 in Gulfport for reckless driving. During the traffic stop, a Harrison County deputy searched his vehicle and found 200 pounds of marijuana in cattle feed sacks.
He was booked into jail on a charge of possession with intent to distribute.
Parker, who is 67 years old, took his case to trial and was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute by a jury.
Judge Larry Bourgeois then sentenced him to 20 years, but suspended 10 of them, requiring Parker to serve 10, though he could be eligible for parole sooner.