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Man Who ‘Hunted Queers; Gutted Man Like a Deer’ Granted Parole

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Paul Broussard and his murderer, Jon Buice

In 1991, ten men were dubbed “The Woodlands 10” after they hunted and savagely killed Paul Broussard, a Houston gay man.

According to their own testimony, the group was out that night “to beat up some queers.” When they found what they were looking for, in this case Broussard, they beat him with a nail-studded 2×4, and one member of the group went so far as to “gut him like a deer.”

The man responsible for the gutting, the stabbing that elevated the attack from beating to murder, is Jon Buice. He was 17 years old at the time, and was sentenced to 45 years in prison for his critical part in the murder of Paul Broussard.

Less than half of his sentence later, Buice has been granted parole in a unanimous vote of 2-0.

Broussard’s mother, Nancy Rodriguez, flew to Houston last month to plead with the parole board to keep Buice behind bars.

“This decision sends chills down not only to Nancy’s family but to other families of murdered children in hoping that they don’t have to undergo the same ordeal,” Kahan said.

“We’re going to encourage all members of the community to write the parole board, write their representatives, write their state senators,” Freeman said. “We will mobilize the community. The community mobilized when Paul was murdered back in 1991.”

Buice had an unlikely advocate on his side. Gay activist Ray Hill believes Buice has been rehabilitated. Hill once served time in prison and met Buice through his prison radio show.

“There is more to life than revenge,” said Hill. “There’s also restoration, forgiveness, understanding. If we have lost all of our human kindness traits, why do we still breathe this air and occupy this space?”

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Buice is currently classified as a State Approved Trustee. A spokesperson tells us that he’s had overall good behavior behind bars and received several college degrees.

Buice will be released with the maximum level of supervision. He will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device, receive substance abuse treatment and have no contact with the victim’s family or his co-defendants.

Just to reiterate here:

  • Buice went hunting for queers.
  • He, and nine of his friends, beat Broussard for being gay.
  • Buice gutted Broussard, murdering him.
  • And now, after serving less than half of his sentence, he has been granted parole for “good behavior.”

Our criminal justice system, and chronic categorization of LGBT Americans as “less-than” is broken.

Do you think Buice should be released from prison?

(via KFDM)

  • Trenton, thank you for your eloquent response. Seriously. You make some great points, pal.

  • Anonymous

    Boussard’s was sentenced to death by these men and in particular Buice.
    His death cannot be repealed. There is not a second chance once you’ve
    been murdered.

    I do not believe in the death penalty but this was a premeditated
    vicious murder and I don’t think he should ever have been set free.

  • Anonymous

    I am terribly disturbed but I have to agree with Trenton…  Buice has had the opportunity to change his life around, and sit jail thinking about the consequences of his actions, and I sincerely hope that Hill has not testified over a very good act on Buice’s part.

    I am also disgusted that while I have to work two jobs to help pay for school where I bust my ass, Buice is sitting in jail, getting knowledge that I am paying $40,000 a year for. It doesn’t seem right, but then it also means he won’t be completely useless to society once he is put back into it.

    This whole case sickens me, and I wish I didn’t feel this way, but I feel like he deserves to show the world that he has changed… I just hope that it won’t cost anyone else in the LGBT community their life.

  • I am enraged over this man being let out after given chances many never
    are, however I must also believe in the power of people to change.

    Hate only leads to hate.
    Sometimes rehabilitation will not happen, but sometimes it will.
    What good does it actually do anyone if he wastes away in prison?  Will him rotting away make a positive difference in this world?
    Or will reforming his hate, striving to make a positive difference in his life and the life of people he interacts with in the future make the difference?

  • Buice took the life of another. To me, that tops all crime. The way I see it, it’s an eye for an eye. He took someone’s life. For being who they are. He shouldn’t have the freedom to live his own. He thinks it’s going to be great, that he’s a changed man. But the universe hasn’t forgotten what he’s done, and he will not get away with this. He will have hardship and struggle for the rest of his life. And once his tired old ass eventually dies, or is murdered, he will spend his days in the Underworld, being “gutted like a deer” one hundred times worse that Paul was. He will be sorry for this. He will truly serve out his punishment. And only once he truly realizes what he had done will he ever be able to escape into Heaven. Please do not look at my view points with a Christian standard, because I am far from a Christian. Buice will get everything that he deserves. And more. 

  • “The way I see it, it’s an eye for an eye.”

    An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.

  • Yeah, because going out for blood really makes the difference we need.

  • well said.  my sentiments as well

  • Trenton Flock

    On a purely emotional level, I feel complete outrage and horror to think that, for his decision to seek out and kill a gay man, Buice has been able to sit in prison, earning college degrees and is now free. It’s disturbing. However, if we do not believe that rehabilitation is possible, then what other choice do we have? If we want to lock people away forever with no possibility of clemency, then aren’t we essentially just ending lives while keeping our hands clean? I have difficulty typing this, because as I said it just feels terribly wrong, especially knowing that he has been using his time to acquire an education that others can’t get, or don’t have time to pursue because they are busy just keeping a roof over their heads. But do I want inmates to have no access to such programs so that when they are released they are completely useless and more likely to do terrible things again? No. So I have to accept that even murderous men like Buice will use them.

    The testimony of Hill counts a lot for me. I hope it is genuine. I hope that Buice, for the sake of everyone else, is a changed man, that the man who killed Boussard died in prison. Our penal system is a monumental failure, so I don’t have much reason to hope. However, I do believe that people can change, and the most hateful, brittle ones are the most ripe for change; they are the ones who live in constant agony for their hatefulness, so they have every reason to change if they can.

    But still…ARGH!

  • Dyan Edwards-Cagley

    That pretty much sums up my feelings on this as well.  Is justice supposed to be wrath and vengence?  Or something else?  Emotionally I’m pretty horrified by this all the way around.  

  • excellent points.  It is unfathomable that the general population cannot afford higher education while people we put away because they have offended the community have free access to it.  My point isn’t that prisoners shouldn’t have access to education, since they obviously need it, but that higher education in the U.S. should be like that in most other first world nations, namely free and supported by taxes so that every citizen can acquire a college degree without the crippling financial burden it imposes. 

    I too wonder if Bruce isn’t indeed a homosexual himself and therefore had the most motive to prove his masculinity to his “peers” by committing the most brutal act against the victim.

  • your feelings are understandable, but if we don’t offer criminals a chance to rehabilitate themselves and become useful members of society, then we as tax payers are essentially throwing our money away on keeping them captive but alive.  I don’t believe in the death penalty so it is hard for me to consider the best situation I can conceive of in this case, but if he has been rehabilitated and is ready to contribute constructively to society, then I agree with the court’s decision.

  • Chucky Baer

    If it was activist Hill’s lover that was gutted he would take the damn flower out of his hair and sing a different tune. He didn’t just hit a guy on the head and accidently killed him. He hunted gays and gutted the victim like a dear. Leave him in jail to rot- hung by his balls until they rot off. Why is revenge not good in this case. this is why we are still hunted. This is why gay men, women and kids are beaten because of these nicey nicey “gay activists” that think dealing with a bully involves cowering and ass kissing. They are more concerned with appearances than speaking out for what is right. Screw you Mr. Hill. You and your kind are what have set back the gay community. Time to have some leaders with balls- a real gay activist would have said let him rot in jail as an example to other would be bullies, murderers, etc. This story really pisses me off

  • I think the true asset of our community is our capacity for compassion and understanding.  Not that we should “understand” his hatred towards gays or his actions and make excuses for his crime, but your purposed method of attack will not win us any friends and will only galvanize the opposition to brand us as inhuman and cold-hearted.  Nobody is cowering.  If the community were to have cowered at any point it would have been not pursuing the vicious act as a hate crime in the original trial.  Given the course of events since then however, it would seem that Bruce has learned that his actions were wrong and hopefully he is ready to be a positive influence in society.  Time will tell whether he really is a loathsome evil soul who will rot in hell if there is such a place, or if he was just a teen who made a violent choice based in ignorance and hatred. 

  • Anonymous

    …The Texas Board of pardons and Paroles that made this decision is the Amarillo Offices at 806-359-7656…the names of the two individuals on this board who made it possible for parole are Mr. Shipman and Mr. Mobley…the three reasons given for parol are: 1. he was 17 at the time of incarceration…2. he has earned several college degrees while in prison…3. He has caused no provocation while in prison…I am outraged by this…not only have I called the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles…I have called the office of Gov. Rick Perry at 512-463-2000…I was also told that this Jon Buice…TDC# 630496…would be on a electronic monitor for no more than 1 year…Please…I implore everyone to call and make complaint about this issue…

  • Anonymous

    …I disagree…there are some that should never see the light of day…while there are others intentionally kept in prison because of stupid reasons…usually involving money…do you live in the state of Texas?…I hardly doubt it…because if you did and there was a chance this person would be your next door neighbor…then you would be appalled… ;O(

  • uuuhhhhggg only a year of monitoring…. that seems a bit low.  granted being released on parole after serving less than half of his sentence was low, I’d like to see if he an be a constructive force in society rather than a destructive one, but I wouldn’t trust him on anything less than 5 years of electronic monitoring.  After his time in prison feigning good behavior and obeying the rules for a single year will be a cake-walk. He could very easily after a year, when he’s no longer monitored return to his hateful behavior.

  • And WE are mentally ill ? I have no respect and will never have any respect for that kind of poeple because they dont deserve it they dont deserve redemption because of their ”animal” comportment. Sorry for my anger but he doesnt deserve anything but to pass his entire life in a jail.

  • Nice that he’s rehabilitated and educated.  He needs to serve ALL the time.  Perhaps he can rehabilitate some others before he’s released.

  • “An eye for an eye” is fairly standard in Texas.  I’m surprised he wasn’t condemned to death and executed by now. 

  • Uhhh… isnt murdering someone supposed to be automatic life in prison, if not the death sentence, without chance of parole, EVER?

    What the F–K. You cant be released for good behavior when you f–king MURDERED someone!

  • Justice Calo Reign

    Chances are extremely high that Buice is a homosexual himself, and that this heinous act was fueled by self-loathing as so many hate crimes are.  I personally can’t trust the testimony of Hill.  People fall in love with prisoners all the time, and is this a case of that?  Is it even fair of me to go there only because this is a “gay activist” who has come to his aide?  

    We just can’t know, but if our penal systems history is any indication, he has not been rehabilitated.  Maybe he is the exception?  

    And yes @facebook-592796245:disqus , if it is “cruel and unusual” punishment to deprive prisoners of such education, then how is it okay to punish those who are not captive, cruelly and unusually, by depriving them of the same education?  

    The system is broken.  In every way and in every aspect, but to fix the system you have to become a part of the system.  That is the frustration, the conundrum and the catch-22.  

    Is our generation ready to say, we’re ready to rewrite it all.  Thanks founding fathers, but it’s just not working for us anymore?  

  • ShowMeGuy

    Why do gays and lesbians keep getting murdered by the good ol’ boys? Because the good ol’ boys never get punished.  To serve HALF a prison term for murder is NOT punishment.
    Prisons have no method to provide rehabilitation for people guilty of murder, rape, or child molestation.  That’s why prisons have repeat customers.

    You know why *queers* keep getting bashed?

    Because we *queers* never bash back.

  • We’re not talking about compassion, or the ever-popular “is he a changed man?” here
    He was sentenced to 45 years to be punished AND, (hopefully), rehabilitated.
    Rehabilitated or not, he still has 20+ years to go…

  • Who the hell cares if he’s received college degrees? He killed a man, and bragged about doing it! He needs to serve his FULL sentence, and not just half.  It has nothing to do with revenge; it has everything to do with justice, which seems to pick and choice who it defends.

  • Brian Lester

    Aaaaand the US Legal system fails again. I don’t understand how someone could think that allowing a MURDERER (“rehabilitated” or not) to not even serve half of his prison sentence before being released back into the public is a good idea. It’s useless to hate this man, and it serves no purpose to wish additional punishment on him, but he killed another human being in an obviously premeditated and vicious manner, and was sentenced to 45 years, ALL of which he should serve. This issue isn’t a gay issue, it’s a matter of justice for Broussard and his family, and a matter of safety for others due to the fact that we don’t know exactly how well Buice was “rehabilitated”. As to the matter of him being friendly with Ray Hill, from what I’ve read, Hitler was an absolutely charming man out side of work, think about it… I can only hope the parole board will come to their senses and retract this before it’s too late.

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  • Anthony Bennett

    it’s pretty simple RB – he only killed a queer not an actual human being.  how many times have you seen this lenient a sentence for this kind of murder in Texas?  right – there’s a reason for that, see above ….

  • RayHill2

    The “gutted quote was a fabrication by Andy Kahn who gains by pushing this case and most of what was written in the Houston Press article is not true You are just pushing bad information to a larger audience if you want the facts: watch Rachael Maddow:

  • My opinion – don’t free him, execute him, as should be done with all rapists, child molestors and murderers, no appeals, no pardons, do it as soon as they are convicted.  Man, I’m a bastard.

  • Dom

    who cares if the victim was gay?  you mean it took 10 people to kill one gay man?  who’s the real man there?  probably the gay guy if it took 10 brainless hicks to kill him, or at least 9 of them to hold him down while the remaining moron does the job.  people like you who have that mentality are laughably stupid.

  • Daniel Leyva

    Once a criminal, always a criminal. That whole “rehabilitation”  thing is a  lie. He is a danger to society. Why didn’t TX give him the death penalty?

  • Mike

    So not only are you allowed to murder someone in the most horrific possible way, but you also get a comfy place to stay and MULTIPLE college degrees all on the taxpayers dime.  As they say, “only in America!”

  • More like an idiot. How often do you think we can be certain enough of a person’s guilt to justify taking their life? Next to never. This guy did admit it though so I would not have a problem with his execution.

  • You would be surprised how ridiculously common this kinda thing is. You are right it SHOULD be life in prison but it often isn’t.

  • I think you misunderstood him… He was saying in  the view of common Texans in  the 90s gays were still not equal to other people ie his “not an actual human” comment.

  • myk5

    This is one reason why I believe hate crime law should not result in a longer initial sentence, but a mandatory minimum sentence. Because murder is murder regardless of the motivation, but anti gay criminals have a tendency to get soft sentences and early parole. A mandatory minimum sentence would correct the early parole and soft sentencing issue while not allowing critics to condemn the law as ‘thought policing’.

    My personal reaction is this guy deserve to be hunted and gutted like a game animal by a vigilante.

  • DieMusik

    I’m a heterosexual man, but granting the parole to the savage murderer is just not right.  It’s outrageous injustice.  I’m surprised Buice wasn’t sentenced to death!!