Convicted child killer Nathan Brown will have parole hearing

Nathan Brown

Editor's note: Because of a reporter’s error, the name of a murder victim was incorrect in earlier versions of this story. James C. Gray was killed in August 1976. The story has been corrected to reflect this. The Chronicle regrets the error.

 

An Augusta man convicted of taking part in a series of murders in 1976 will be considered for parole this month.

Nathan Brown, 55, is serving a life sentence for killing an 11-year-old boy, Bon­nie Bulloch, and shooting Bon­nie’s stepfather, Hen­ry Phil­lips, the night Brown and two other men robbed Phil­lips’ gas station in Crawford­ville, Ga.

Bonnie’s mother, Hazel Phil­lips, said it’s as though that terrible night is happening all over again.

“Their crimes live on,” she said.

Phillips said Brown should not be released because it’s the only way to ensure he doesn’t kill anyone else’s child.

In addition to the Crawford­ville shootings, Brown, Judson Ruf­fin and Jose High were also linked to the Augusta slayings of Willean Hall, 36, and Leroy Linwood, 30, on Aug. 20, 1976, and the killing two days later of James C. Gray, 54. They were arrested after another couple was accosted and a teenage girl was raped.

A fourth man, Alphonso Mor­gan, was convicted in Richmond County for Gray’s murder.

Ruffin, Brown and High were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in Talia­ferro County, but Brown’s and Ruffin’s convictions were reversed on appeal. In a plea deal, Brown was sentenced to life in prison. Phillips said she agreed to support the plea deal because of Brown’s promise never to appeal his conviction.

Though the law now provides for sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole, it cannot be imposed retroactively. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles must hold periodic hearings for all inmates not under a sentence of life without parole or death.

If Brown is denied parole again, the board has to set a reconsideration date in one to eight years, said Steve Hayes, the director of the board’s public affairs office.

Phillips said she worked hard for laws for victims’ rights and for the sentence of life without parole because of what she went through and continues to go through with the men who killed her son.

She said the best thing the state could do for families of murder victims is to impose a true life sentence so killers are locked away forever and the victims’ families can ignore them. If not, Phillips said, she and her other children will have to go through Bonnie’s slaying every few years.

“It’s a terrible legacy to leave to my other children,” she said.

Ruffin is serving a sentence of life without parole, Hayes said. Morgan is eligible for parole consideration, and his review is in March, he said.

The death sentence given to High for Bonnie’s murder withstood the appellate process. He was executed in 2001.

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SPEAK OUT ON PAROLE

Anyone can voice an opinion about an inmate’s possible parole by contacting the state Board of Pardons and Paroles through its Web site, www.pap.state.ga.us. The board keeps the names of people opposed to parole confidential, but not the names of those who support release on parole.

Hazel Phillips 6 months ago

PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL TO THE RAROLE BOARD,YOU COULD BE SAVING A LIFE, NATHAN BROWN IS A PSYCOPATH. IN HIS CONFESSION,HE SAID EVERY THING IS BEAUTIFUL,'NO WITTNESSES, THEY ARE BOTH DEAD.HE SAID, ILEFT THE DIRT ROAD DRIVING, WE CHANGED DRIVERS IN WASTINGTON, I WOKE UP IN AUGUSTA. HOW COULD ANY ONE SLEEP , WHO HAD JUST SHOT A FATHER AND HIS ELEVEN YEAR OLD SON ,THEY  BELONGED TO A CRIME FAMILY THEY CALLED "DEATH STRUCK". THEY CAUGHT THEM ONE MONTH AND ONE DAY AFTER THEY KILLED MY SON. DURING THAT TIME THEY HAD A TOTAL OF 9 VICTIMS, 7 VICTIMS WERE FROM RICHMOND COUNTY, 6 BLACKS AND 1 WHITE. THE WAY THEY CAPTORED  THEIR VICTIMS, THEY CHANGED THE RED LIGHTS TO STAY RED LONGER AND IF NOTHING WAS COMING THEY SURROUNDED THE CAR WITH SAWED OFF SHOTGUNS AND KIDNAPPED THE PEOPLE. THEY TOOK THEIR VICTIMS TO ISOLATED PARTS OF RICHMOND COUNTY, GANGED RAPED THE WOMEN AND SHOT THE COUPLE.


NATHAN BROWN HAS BEEN IN PRISON SINCE 1979 AND WILL NOT KNOW HOW TO EXIST IN THIS CRIME FILLED WORLD OF 2017. PUT YOURSELF IN THESE VICTIMS PLACES AND IMAGINE HE GETS OUT TO KILL AGAIN. PUT YOURSELF AT THAT RED LIGHT THAT STAYS RED TOO LONG AND THEN BEING TOROURED ON THE WAY TO THE PLACE THEY WILL KILL YOU. PLEASE SEND A LETTER TO THE PAROLE BOARD AND TELL THEM TO NEVER LET THIS MAN WALK FREE.


THANK YOU,


HAZEL PHILLIPS


MY FAMILY AND I ARE TERRIFIED ALSO


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