Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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We need your help again

Fifteen years ago -- Williamson County District Attorney, John Bradley, repeatedly said in court that on the night of October 6, 2001:
“It was not a fight. It was not an accident. It was an ambush.” He wanted the jury to understand, as much as Threet and his friends tried to hide it, that this was no fight; this was an ambush.
According to witnesses, Threet hounded Terence throughout the night. He was planning his attack. Three times he persistently requested that Terence trade punches to the chest, one at a time, with him. Three times Terence told him, “I don't want to do that.” 
Finally, in the backyard, Terence relented so Threet would leave him alone. The attack was videotaped and replayed in court as evidence.  In the video, Terence faced Threet, smiling. Terence showed Threet where he would hit him and said, “Dude, don't break my ribs or anything.” Terence then punched Threet in the chest as they had agreed to do. In an instant, Threet recoiled, lunged forward and landed a punch to Terence's face, knocked him to the ground, and continued punching him. Another person jumped on Threet to pull him off Terence but Threet broke away. He took three steps and kicked Terence in the side of the head with steel toed boots while Terence was on the ground. 
The sound of that heavy kick will never be forgotten. It will follow us to our own graves. 
Brandon Threet was indicted of first-degree murder but convicted of manslaughter with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced on July 22nd, 2002 to twenty years in prison and fined $10,000. 
Brandon Threet has shown no remorse, making four appeals while protesting his guilt over the last fifteen years. Even the United States Supreme Court found no grounds for an appeal.

Fifteen years isn't enough. Without your help, there is no chance Brandon Threet will ever serve his full sentence.

We need letters of protest sent to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (via Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division)  requesting Threet serve his full 20 year sentence. We need you to request that he not be made eligible for review for as long as the law allows. In light of the savage nature of his crime, we need your help in denying Brandon Threet parole before his sentence is served.

Every letter is a voice the Parole Board listens to and considers. The Parole Board needs to hear from you so they understand our community stands behind justice. 

Parole Protest letters will be kept in strict confidentiality. Brandon Threet and his attorneys are NOT allowed to read the letters.

Click on the following link for helpful points in writing a parole protest letter and/or sign a parole petition: 

Writing a Parole Protest letter...
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About Terence...

Letter to Friends...

Letter to Friends (in Chinese) 親愛的朋友們...

Brandon Threet Crime

What Brandon Threet said at trial:
  • "I just wanted to give him a concussion"
  • "I am pretty sure I kicked him like in the side of his head"
  • Sgt Hughie asked, "Did you kick him pretty hard?"  Threet answered, "Yeah, I imagine, I was pretty angry"
  • "I wasn't angry or anything after I kicked him"

Closing statement of DA John Bradley:
  • "It was not a fight, it was not an accident, it was an ambush."
  • Three times Terence declined to trade punches with Brandon Threet on the chest, Terence finally agreed, but Brandon Threet struck him in the head instead.
  • A bystander tried to pull Brandon Threet off Terence while Terence was on the ground.
  • Brandon Threet broke away and charged the bystander and then returned to kick Terence in the head.
  • The sound and the image of the kick was caught on the video.
  • Brandon Threet left Terence on the ground, headed out the door, went directly to his car and ran away to hide.

Read the Trial Closing Statement ...

Read the full Trial Closing Statement transcript here...

Brandon Threet Trial

The following excerpt of Williamson County Prosecutor, Mr Bradley's closing statements was taken from the court proceedings given on July 19th 2002 in the District Court of Williamson County, Texas 368th Judicial District for trial court cause number: 01-1096-K368, Threet vs State of Texas, Trial of Merits volume 8 of 10.

Closing Statement

Fifteen years ago -- Williamson County District Attorney, John Bradley, repeatedly said in court that on the night of October 6, 2001
It was not a fight. How many times have you heard Brandon Threet throughout this trial or his friendly witnesses talk about a fight? Yet when Brandon finally testified and was asked the question as to what "fight" really is, even he couldn't lie about that. He had to admit that this was not a fight. There was nothing fair about it. There was no exchange of anything in a fair way. 

This was an ambush. It was an ambush that started far earlier than the bit of videotape that you saw. It was an ambush that was not an accident. It was not something we could not have predicted. It was not something that we could not have seen coming earlier in the evening if we'd been there. I certainly hope that you won't hear this called a fight again.
 

Read the Trial Closing Statement ...

Read the full Trial Closing Statement transcript here...

Brandon Threet Conviction

Court document of his conviction (signed document by Brandon Threet)
  • Brandon Threet was indicted of first-degree murder but convicted of manslaughter with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced on July 22nd, 2002 to twenty years in prison and fined $10,000.


Newspaper clippings:



Brandon Threet Appeals

Brandon Threet has spent the past thirteen years appealing his conviction four times,ultimately even  up to the U.S. Supreme Court, and each time his conviction was affirmed.

Date                   Name of Appeals Court                                         Status  
May 2003            Texas Court of Appeals, 3rd District at Austin        DENIED
August 2008        Texas 368th District Court of Williamson County    DENIED
September 2009  Texas Court of Criminal Appeals                           DENIED
January 2010       US Supreme Court                                               DENIED



Read the full Appeals Timeline here...


Parole Protest

Click on the following link for helpful points in writing a parole protest letter and/or sign a parole petition: 

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