I recently read an article about a young man named Paul Broussard, a banker, who was beat and stabbed to death in 1991. He was 27 years old and he was homosexual. There were ten individuals involved in his death. Most were in there late tens. 17 year old Jon Buice was convicted and sentenced to 45 years for the stabbing. The article I read mentions all of the great things that Buice has done since he has been incarcerated such as received three degrees. Several people believe that 45 years is too harsh a sentence. That really bothers me. He murdered that young man in cold blood, took him away from his loved ones. Why should he be given any special consideration. Many people are playing Buice as the victim, saying that he has been a model prisoner since his conviction in 1992, and that he should be paroled at his next parole hearing. Everyone should remember that there is a young man who died at his hands, and he is the true victim in this story. His name was Paul Broussard. His family will never get to see what he could have become because his life was cut short. Mr. Buice's family can still see him. Even if it is behind bars. I am willing to bet that Paul Broussard's mother, Nancy Rodriguez, would give anything to have the option of visiting her son behind bar instead of at a cemetery. I urge everyone to remember that Jon Buice is not a victim. He is a man who committed a horrible hate crime, and he should do his time.
RIP Paul Broussard
To read more about this case go to:
Houstonpress.com or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Paul_Broussard