Burnett denied parole

Published 2:54 pm Friday, December 18, 2015

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles Wednesday denied parole to George Allen Burnett, who is serving consecutive 20-year sentences for robbery and the 2004 murder of Doyle Hudson, Sr.

The board cited numerous disciplinary issues during Burnett’s incarceration as the reason for denying him parole for his robbery sentence.

According to the board, Burnett has had 45 disciplinary actions during his time in prison.

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“Given his disciplinary record, if he was in for stealing someone’s lawnmower from their storage shed he would not get parole,” said board member Robert Longshore. “That’s before we get to what else happened in this case.”

Burnett was one of three men arrested and charged with the murder of Doyle Hudson, Sr.

Burnett, Jenaldo Terrell Scott and Maurice Cortez Tyson broke into Hudson’s home at 2191 Poorhouse Road in March of 2004.

The victim apparently confronted them and struggled with at least two of them.

They allegedly overpowered him and tied him up.

Doyle Hudson, Sr. was then bludgeoned to death with a concrete cinder block.

“When I was about 14 years old, George Burnett moved to Poorhouse Road where we lived,” said Doyle Hudson, the son of Doyle Hudson, Sr. “Me and a few buddies of mine would go by and try and make friends with him. We’d invite him to the house and shoot basketball or play football. We were just trying to be friends. He’d come in the house and get something cold to drink. He knew what was in our house. He’s the reason our house was chosen. He’s the reason daddy is not here today.”

Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden, who in February lobbied to have Burnett’s original sentence revised, said it would be an injustice for Burnett to be released early.

Burnett was originally received a split sentence for the robbery. He was to serve five years in prison and 15 years probation. That sentence was revised to 20 years in prison in February due to his numerous disciplinary issues during his incarceration.

“This was a very violent crime,” Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden said. “Back in February of this year, based on a letter the court had received from the Department of Corrections, we brought (Burnett) back to Greenville and revised his sentence at that time. After we got through with court, George Burnett tried to attack the correctional officer that testified against him. We ended up having to fight him there. He proved that day in court the reason why this happened. To me, it would be an injustice to the citizens of Alabama to let him out early at any point. He needs to serve his whole time for the burglary and for the murder.”

Burnett will be eligible for parole again in 2020.