Cornelius denied parole by state board

By ED HOWELL
Posted 5/23/20

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles held 20 parole hearings Tuesday and 22 hearings on Wednesday as the board resumed hearings following postponements because of COVID-19.

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Cornelius denied parole by state board

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The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles held 20 parole hearings Tuesday and 22 hearings on Wednesday as the board resumed hearings following postponements because of COVID-19.

The board Tuesday granted parole to two non-violent offenders and denied parole to 18 inmates, including 11 offenders convicted of violent crimes. Among those denied parole Wednesday were two murderers, a man convicted of manslaughter and three sex offenders, including one man twice convicted of sexual violence.

The board also held 21 parole hearings Thursday, granting two paroles and denying 19. Fourteen inmates with convictions for violent crimes were denied parole. 

Justin Blake Cornelius, a violent offender who had a hearing Tuesday involving a case in Walker County, was denied parole. Cornelius, who is at the Ventress Correctional Center, was scheduled for a parole hearing on March 18 before postponements due to the COVID-19 virus. He is serving a 20-year prison sentence for a 2011 second-degree robbery in Walker County. He has served seven and a half years of the sentence, which started in 2014.

Walker County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Cornelius, then 19, of Hayden, and an accomplice in connection with an armed robbery of a Goodsprings service station. The Daily Mountain Eagle reported surveillance footage showed two men entering the store, each wearing masks, one of them similar to those used in the “Friday the 13th” movies.