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Murderer of Gay
Man Denied Parole

Murderer of Gay
Man Denied Parole

Jon Buice, one of 10 teens convicted in a fatal gay-bashing attack on Paul Broussard in 1991, has been denied parole.

Jon Buice, one of 10 teens convicted in a fatal gay-bashing attack on Paul Broussard in 1991, has been denied parole.

According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Andy Kahan, director of the Mayor's Crime Victims Office, and the victim's mother want Buice to serve at least 27 years behind bars, one for each year of Broussard's life. "We're thankful the parole board saw fit to deny parole to someone who has not served half of his sentence," said Kahan. "We'll be back in 2009 to continue the battle."

The vicious attack on Broussard shocked the gay community. Yet a noted gay activist, Ray Hill, said Buice deserves to be released. Hill, a prisoners' rights advocate, said he has grown to know Buice during the past 14 years through letter writing and visits in prison. Hill has said he will teach Buice radio work and plans to turn over his radio show, the long-running Prison Show on KPFT-FM, to Buice when he leaves prison.

Broussard was beaten and stabbed to death outside a Montrose-area nightclub in Houston. Most of the others convicted in the attack have been released on parole or were sentenced to only probation. (The Advocate)

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