Jon Buice: Man Involved in Paul Broussard Anti-Gay Murder Is Free

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Jon Buice, who was sent to prison for his role in the 1991 attack outside a Montrose gay bar that left Paul Broussard dead, has finally won his long, contentious battle for parole.

KHOU reports that Buice won a decision from the parole board today that will lead to his release.

Broussard's mother and others have been regularly fighting the periodic requests for parole; Houston's legendary gay-rights pioneer, Ray Hill, has spoken out in favor of his release.

Buice received 45 years for his part in the notorious incident.

We profiled his unusual prison career in "Hate Crime and Punishment," which noted allegations that while in prison, Buice has been involved in a bizarre relationship with a female chaplain that involved orgies and secret videotapes.

We've called Andy Kahan, the city's crime-victims advocate, for comment, but that first requires getting approval from the police department's Public Information Office, and we are told they are currently out to lunch. So we'll update when all the crucial paperwork is done and we get a chance to talk to Kahan.

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Charles Armstrong
Charles Armstrong

http://www.facebook.com/event....  Montrose Corner to be Dedicated to Anti-Violence 

Local business owner Charles Armstrong joins Montrose Counseling Center and the Aaron Scheerhoorn Foundation for Change in this solemn observance and dedication of the northwest corner of California and Grant streets. DATE: July 28, 2011 TIME: 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. LOCATION: 1000 block of California & 2600 block of Grant Street (One block from the corner of Montrose & Westheimer) Paul Broussard, a gay man, was murdered at the corner of the 2200 block of Montrose and West Drew on July 4, 1991. The murder galvanized Houston’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities to demand justice for the victims of hate crimes. Just yesterday, July 5, we learned that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles will grant parole to Jon Buice, who – along with nine others – were convicted of Broussard’s murder. Police say Buice was the one that stabbed Broussard, and he is the only one still serving time in prison. “It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since we took to these very streets to protest the stabbing death of Paul Broussard,” says Charles Armstrong, who owns several businesses in the neighborhood, along with the corner that’s being dedicated. According to Armstrong, for as long as he owns the real estate, the corner will be a place “dedicated for reflection and the memorial of all victims of hate crimes and senseless bullying.” “We are coming together this time to remember Paul, along with countless others in our community who have met an untimely end as the victim of violence.” Armstrong is the host of the observance, which is open to the entire community and will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. The evening will begin with guest speakers, and then a candlelight vigil. The evening will conclude with a balloon release. Ann J. Robison, PhD, Executive Director of Montrose Counseling Center had been at the helm for just three years when Paul was murdered. In response to this and other crimes committed both within and against the GLBT communities, MCC developed an Anti-Violence Program, which includes counseling and advocacy to anyone who is the victim of bias/hate violence, sexual assault or same-sex domestic violence. Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death just a few blocks from where Broussard was slain. Scheerhoorn died just six months ago in what witnesses describe as a brutal stabbing. A group of his friends formed the Aaron Scheerhoorn Foundation for Change and initially approached Armstrong to plant a tree in Scheerhoorn’s memory. Armstrong, who is friends with Broussard’s mother, Nancy Rodriguez, decided to dedicate not just the tree but the entire corner to the victims of violence, including youth who are being bullied. Scheerhoorn Foundation representative Alan Everett refers to the corner as the Montrose Remembrance Garden. His hopes are that the garden will become, “a place for honor, reflection, memorial and comfort for those people who have been affected not just by the murder of our friend Aaron, but also for any of the families and friends of victims of past violent acts and murders which have taken place in this community throughout the course of many years. It is a place of refuge and peace, solace and quiet, full of nature’s beauty.” CONTACT: Sally A. HufferMontrose Counseling CenterCommunity Projects Specialist713.529.0037 x324

Laurie
Laurie

I pray that the family of the victim find solace that they did everything they could to keep him in as long as possible.

Craig
Craig

Welcome to Texas, j'all!

I bet there are folks serving more time for "weed" offences.  

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