Too Extreme? Central Texas Bail Jumper Gets 99 Year Sentence
42 year old Marco Parks of Hill County, Texas was sentenced to 99 years in the clink for being a habitual bail jumper.
KWTX reports that a Limestone County jury sentenced Parks to 99 years in prison following his conviction on bail jumping and failure to appear in court following his arrest in May of 2019.
Parks was arrested for operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license and liability insurance.
Following his arrest, over nine grams of methamphetamine were found in the back of the patrol vehicle. A grand jury indicted Parks for possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence in July of 2019.
The pandemic forced his trial to be rescheduled several times. Parks was a no-show for his June of 2021 court date, so a grand jury indicted him for bail jumping and failure to appear. Groesbeck police officers would arrest him again 19 days later.
FYI, according to the report, failure to appear for a felony case results in a third degree felony and carries a prison sentence of two to ten year, but as a “habitual offender," he was looking at a possible sentence of “not less than 25 years and not more than 99 years or life.”
Parks had nine prior felony convictions, including burglary of a building, felony criminal mischief, burglary of a habitation, felon in possession of a firearm, prohibited substance in a correctional facility, aggravated assault, bail jumping/failure to appear, and retaliation.
Assistant District Attorney Jeff Janes, said, “Mr. Parks is a career criminal who has been committing crimes for many years with no desire to change. I appreciate the jury’s decisions and their efforts to end his career.”
Hard to believe that someone with 9 prior felonies is just now getting what he deserves.