The State of Texas recently granted parole to Jon Buice, convicted gay basher and murderer of Paul Broussard. With Buice having served less than half of his 45-year sentence for this vicious, hate-filled crime, it is the position of Equality Texas that justice has not yet been served; Jon Buice stabbed Paul Broussard three times in a fit of random hate, and so deserves a punishment that befits his heinous crime. We need your help in ensuring that Paul Broussard’s memory is respected and that Jon Buice
pays for his homophobic, violent actions.
Though the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has granted Buice’s parole as of July 1, there is still time for us to reverse the decision. Parole decisions are made based on several factors, one of them being public input. This is where we need your help: let the State of Texas know that a homophobic, hate-filled murderer deserves to spend more than half of his sentence in prison.
Your help is necessary in the fulfillment of justice; the more letters we send the State of Texas, the more they’ll know just how angry we all are. To help guide your letter writing, look at the letter we sent the Board of Pardons and Paroles here. Further information about the crime is below.
Offender: Jon Buice (TDCJ #630496)
Victim: Paul Broussard (Age at death: 27)
Original Sentence: 45 years (murder with a deadly weapon)
Projected Release Date: October 2011
On July 4, 1991 Jon Buice and 9 of his friends drove from The Woodlands, Texas – a wealthy Houston suburb – to Montrose to “beat up some queers,” which was apparently a disgusting hobby of the young men; the FBI later concluded that the July 4 attack was not the men’s first gay bashing, and that they had even bragged about their new sport in school.
The so-called “Woodlands Ten” identified victims by asking them directions to Heaven, a gay bar in Montrose. If a pedestrian knew the directions, the men would then hurl objects at the innocent passerby with the assumption that they were gay. Unfortunately for Paul Broussard and two friends he was with, the Woodlands Ten asked them for directions to Heaven; upon answering, the the three men were attacked. Broussard’s two friends managed to escape, but he was cornered in a dead-end street. The 10 assailants beat Broussard with their fists, steel-toed boots, nail-studded 2x4s and a knife; Paul Broussard was murdered for being gay and for being nice to enough to offer passerby directions.
All 10 men were identified, captured, and sentenced; Jon Buice received the longest sentence of 45 years due to that fact that was the one who stabbed Broussard three times, the action which was ultimately determined to have caused Broussard’s death.
Find more information here:
For information regarding how a parole decision is made and the factors taken into account before the decision, visit: http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/bpp/new_parole_guidelines/new_parole_guidelines.html
Letters should be addressed to:
State of Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
Review and Release Processing
TDCJ Parole Division
P.O. Box 13401
Austin, TX 78711
Contact [email protected] for more information.