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Jul 20 2005

Ronald Brochstein - TU Law Class of 1993

September 22, 1990, Ronald Brochstein was a first year law student at the University of Tulsa College of Law. I was a second year student and, as far as I can remember, never had the pleasure of meeting the young man known to his family and friends as Ron or Ronnie.

231brochstein.jpgIn the spring of 1990, Ron received his undergraduate degree in political science from Fort Lewis University in Durango, Colorado. A close friend from Fort Lewis described Ron as a, "quiet, shy, soft-spoken guy who always saw the good in people." Academically, he was "an extremely dedicated student" who's majority of time was spent "with his nose in the books." "Ron was as straight as an arrow. He never drank or did drugs. He was the type of guy who'd go to a bar on a Friday night and order a Coke." A study mate at TU described him as, "a friendly guy and an extremely dedicated student." A longtime friend from Ron's hometown of Houston, Texas, said that Ron "never got mad at anybody" and was known to be "happy in every way."

I can't imagine another type of person that we need more of in this world than that of Ronald Brochstein. He was the type who wouldn't hesitate to help two perfect strangers at a convenience store who needed assistance jump-starting their car parked just down the road. And that's exactly what Ron did that Saturday in September 1990. Ron, who always saw the best in people, couldn't have imagined that those two individuals would rob, abduct and put a gun to his head blowing his brains across a field in Sapulpa.

A more senseless crime committed by more disgusting pieces of human debris I cannot imagine. How people cannot believe in the death penalty, I equally cannot fathom. The non-shooting perpetrator was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Facing the death penalty, the shooter plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

That was 15 years ago. Just last week I received a letter from the parents and sister of Ron sent to everyone who was a student at TU Law School at the same time as Ron informing them, unbelievably, that the two pieces of shit who've been enjoying a life a leisure watching cable TV, working out, eating three square meals a day, taking time to read the great classics, corresponding with family and friends, are up for parole. P-A-R-O-L-E...as in, hope you enjoyed your brief stay, have a nice time among the normal people...until you kill again. Un-freaking-believable!

The letter from Ron's parents and sister requested, if I was opposed to the granting of parole, that letters be written to the Pardon & Parole Board informing them of my objection. The decision to write was easy. But what to write took some consideration. At first, I contemplated a longer letter explaining who I was and the reasons for my objection. In the end, I decided the parole board was likely not interested in me or my reasons and I wrote the following short note on firm letterhead addressed to the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board:

To Whom It May Concern:

I most strenuously object to the parole of [inmate]. The incredibly heinous nature of his crimes against a completely innocent victim should preclude consideration of any early release/parole.

I urge you to deny parole to [inmate].

Very truly yours,

My letter sent in regard to the shooter contained an additional paragraph stating that the plea bargain entered into, with the Brochstein family's approval, was not a plea bargain in exchange for a fifteen year sentence and that it would be just as unfair to now go back on that agreement and place the individual on death row as it would be to let him go free.

Surprisingly, or just sadly, there is not much information on the internet about writing to parole boards. It seems as fundamental a part of being a citizen as voting, yet this is the first time in 39 years I've done it and I don't personally know anyone else who's ever done it. I wish I'd never have to do it again, but I have the feeling this may be a recurring endeavor.

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  1. #1
    kevin said on July 22, 2005 | Reply

    Prison is too good for these vermin. Freedom in unconscionable.

  2. #2
    Parrishon Marshall said on March 20, 2012 | Reply

    I couldn't imagine this happening to anyone of my children or one of "Precious" grandchildren....but most of all I couldn't imagine myself living with hatred, unforgiveness, and animosity. What you blogged about Ronald proves that he he was not that type of persom. To perpetuate hatred, unforgiveness, and animosity in his name is something I don't think he would want.

  3. Parrishon, if your comment is directed at me, you are correct I do have extreme hatred and unforgiveness towards the animals that murdered Ron. But, such feelings are in my name only, not Ron's. As for what he would want, now we don't exactly know do we? Until such time as I can ask Ron how I should feel, I'll keep on feeling the way I do.

  4. #4
    Parrishon Marshall said on March 21, 2012 | Reply

    I don't no if that will be a good or bad thing. That call isn't for me to make. The idea of kids being exposed to such hate and venom should be a crime in itself.

  5. No, the crime was taking a wonderful innocent young man into a field and blowing his brains out for absolutely no reason. This is something that should be hated with all the unrelenting venom one can muster. My kids will be exposed to it in the appropriate manner at the appropriate time, so they will know that true evil lurks all around them. To do otherwise, would needlessly risk them not returning home one day.

  6. #6
    Parrishon Marshall said on March 21, 2012 | Reply

    It sounds good in theory and I'm sure you actually believe what you're saying. God Bless.

  7. #7
    Parrishon Marshall said on March 22, 2012 | Reply

    You know what would be great...as parents if what we actually teach our children somehow would determine the path they could eventually take in life. It would be so great if in all that we teach them it could somehow keep them from being harmed or doing harm. I totally agree with you on one thing that a terrible thing happened to Ronald.

  8. #8
    Deanna (Carney) Pickering said on July 29, 2014 | Reply

    Don, I was in Ron's class at TU but didn't know him well. I just came across your page today and was wondering if you know whether these two were granted parole. If not, I'd be happy to write the parole board at the next milepost, and I'm sure others in our class would as well. (I never received the letter referenced at the top of your post.)

    The whole thing was so senseless and shocking. Letting them out early? More of the same.

  9. #9
    Mrs. Scott said on March 11, 2015 | Reply

    I know the criminal (the shooter) and he is indeed still serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison. He has served almost 25 years and although I am so sad at the thought of a 19 year old punk doing such a horrible thing, I will tell you this 43 year old man is a completely different person. If it brings you any comfort at all, he has found God and prays faithfully several times a day. He is a good man and I do hope he some day makes parole. How do we punish our children for lack of supervision and guidance? I believe he's paid the price for his crime and I pray that he some day soon does indeed make parole and begins a life that none of the people involved ever got the chance to live. God is the ultimate judge of our sins and he will be punished in the end... To all involved, may God bless you all and somehow find peace to love and forgive...Amen.

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