Man is considered for parole

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A former Augusta man who took part in a child's kidnapping and murder in Taliaferro County more than three decades ago is being considered for parole.

Nathan Brown took part in the kidnapping and murder of two people in July 1976.  Special
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Nathan Brown took part in the kidnapping and murder of two people in July 1976.

Nathan Brown, 50, wasn't supposed to be up for possible release from prison until 2012, but the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles can consider an inmate for parole at any time.

The mother and family of 11-year-old Bonnie Bulloch say the pain is unbearable each time Mr. Brown comes up for consideration.

"The pain is just as bad (as when it happened). It brings it all back," said Hazel Phillips.

Bonnie was keeping his stepfather company at Henry Phillips' Crawfordville gas station the night of July 26, 1976, when three men entered.

Mr. Brown, Jose High and Judson Ruffin robbed the station and kidnapped Bonnie and Mr. Phillips. They drove the victims to a remote spot in Taliaferro County, put both face down on the road and shot them.

Mr. Phillips survived a gunshot wound to the head and helped law enforcement with information that lead to the arrests of the three killers.

Before their arrests, however, Richmond County detectives believed the three suspects and a fourth man, Alphonso Morgan, continued a violent crime spree of murder, rape and robbery in Augusta.

On Aug. 20, 1976, Willean Hall, 36, and Leroy Linwood, 30, were attacked near Bush Field. Their bodies were found in the Savannah River.

According to Augusta Chronicle accounts, Mr. High, Mr. Morgan and Mr. Brown were indicted in connection with Ms. Hall's and Mr. Linwood's slayings.

The men were also accused of the Aug. 22, 1976, killing of John C. Gray, 54.

Mr. Morgan was the only suspect tried for any of the Richmond County slayings. He was convicted and sentenced to death for Mr. Gray's murder, but his death sentence was reversed on appeal. He is serving life in prison.

Mr. High, Mr. Ruffin and Mr. Brown were convicted in Taliaferro County and sentenced to death for Bonnie's murder.

Death sentences for Mr. Ruffin and Mr. Brown were reversed on appeal, and they were resentenced to life in prison.

Mr. High was executed Nov. 6, 2001, for Bonnie's murder. He was 43 years old.

Mrs. Phillips said her worries about Mr. High's ability to harm another child ended that night, but she said she has to worry about Mr. Ruffin and Mr. Brown.

"We've never been allow to mourn our son's death and start to heal," she said.

Every time the pain seems to lessen to an almost bearable level, there's another notice of possible parole, she said.

"Your mind becomes consumed with 'How can I keep this man in jail?'" she said.

"I don't know if I'm strong enough to fight this time."

Mrs. Phillips and her family, and any survivors and family members of the Richmond County victims may contact the parole board to express an opinion.

The board accepts letters of support or opposition from anyone and is especially open to hear from victims.

The parole board will keep those interested informed of any upcoming considerations, said Scheree Lipscomb, the board's public information officer.

Once registered, the board will always keep someone posted, as long as he or she updates the board about any change in address, Ms. Lipscomb said.

Mrs. Phillips was notified by the board of Mr. Brown's new parole consideration and said the board requested any input by Sept 19.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

INPUT ON PAROLE

To contact the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to voice an opinion about an inmate's possible parole and to register for notification of pending consideration, send an e-mail to VictimServices@pap.state.ga.us; or send a letter to Victim Services Office, State Board of Pardons and Paroles, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, Suite 458 East Tower, Atlanta, GA 30334.

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jebko
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jebko 09/09/07 - 07:04 am
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REview..REsentance..REvenge!

REview..REsentance..REvenge! Give him the needle!

amazed1
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amazed1 09/09/07 - 07:36 am
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go ahead and consider his

go ahead and consider his parole, then put him back in his cell where he belongs.

getalife
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getalife 09/09/07 - 07:55 am
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Why these men are still

Why these men are still breathing good air is an example of our failed Justice System. They should have fried all of them. How could any legal system allow any of these animals back into the public? There is no justice for the victims and their families!!!

Chuchi
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Chuchi 09/09/07 - 08:31 am
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I don't understand how a man

I don't understand how a man who has been sentenced to death then resentenced to life in prison for the murder of a child can even be considered eligible for parole at all. Killing a child is a crime that does not even merit consideration for parole. He needs to stay in jail where he can have plenty of time to repent of his sins and keep other children safe from him.

Just me 2
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Just me 2 09/09/07 - 09:14 am
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Why are we even still feeding

Why are we even still feeding and clothing this devil person. He should have been put to death a VERY log time ago!!! The public needs to hold the justice system accountable for NOT doing what is
right here!!!

getalife
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getalife 09/09/07 - 09:39 am
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I tried to email to the

I tried to email to the address given but it would not send the email. Is the email address correct??

vera44
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vera44 09/09/07 - 12:29 pm
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I think Mr. Brown should be

I think Mr. Brown should be consider for paroled. He has done his time. No one should live their lives hating. Even Jesus forgave us of our sins, so who are we?

sassygalady30
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sassygalady30 09/09/07 - 01:26 pm
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vera they can let him out n

vera they can let him out n let him live with u n give ur address so e1 knows where this scum is ppl like u is why we have child killers still on the streets today.no he didnt do his time to me life n prison means they should die n prison..the child didnt have a chance at life why should he ..he had his chance n killed a child why should he have another chance the child never had a chance let alone 2 chances

gnx
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gnx 09/09/07 - 02:49 pm
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Vera - had it been your child

Vera - had it been your child would you still feel this way? And will you still feel this way if someone is released and violates parole by coming after one of your family members? Granted, people can change for the good while in the prison system, but there are too many cases now where a 'reformed parolee' has gone on to commit even more horrific crimes after being released. This man has spent 30 years behind bars, true, but I'm betting he'll be much better off (as will society) if he remains there.

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showstopper 09/09/07 - 03:28 pm
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I think that Mr. Brown and M.

I think that Mr. Brown and M. Ruffin have both serve their time 34 years, they didn't do the killing Mr.High was put to death for it. And I also think that Mr. Ruffin should come up for parole also. What's wrong with the world today is People don't have the lord in there hearts. God forgive everybody for there mistakes why can't we. And I think this have a lot to do with poiltics anybody else if the situration was a little difference they would have been out a long time ago.

Teania
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Teania 09/09/07 - 06:24 pm
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I believe that they can

I believe that they can consider the parole but make them go back to their cells I jsut found out today that Mrs. Hall was my great grandmother and even though I didnt get to know her she will always be in my heart and no one can take away the pain that my family and the other families that were hurt also so the remaining killers should feel the pain just as we have.

showstopper
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showstopper 09/09/07 - 08:19 pm
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Give Mr. Brown and Mr. Ruffin

Give Mr. Brown and Mr. Ruffin a parole hearing they had nothing to with Mrs. Hall death if they did they would of got charge for that it, I know Mr. Ruffin personally and he is a nice and kind man no matter what the some people think of him only God can judge him and man or woman is not God. We all are feeling pain and for all you that want to get even you need to find the Lord.

sexy kat123
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sexy kat123 09/09/07 - 08:35 pm
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mr monster,i mean brown needs

mr monster,i mean brown needs to stay locked up in a cage like ananimal cause thats what he is ,he's not human .if yall can kill one of the men put the other in jail for life what makes him any diffrent if u can do the crime u can do the time .their is to many innocent children and audults out here. take a life for a life so take his cause he's taking up all gods good air.so my advice is to fry his stupid [filtered word]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chuchi
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Chuchi 09/09/07 - 09:10 pm
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This is not really an issue

This is not really an issue of forgiveness as much as it is an issue of the seriousness of the crime and its consequences. Mr. Brown had reached the age of reason when he chose to commit this hideous crime of the kidnapping and murder of a young boy. Therefore, he is absolutely responsible for his actions and his actions were so bad that he must remain in prison until the end of his life. Forgiveness does not mean that the person can avoid appropriate punishment. For example, you can forgive someone for breaking your leg but they still have to pay your medical bills. I am not judging Mr. Brown's motives or his heart; only God can do that. But a jury judged his actions to be worthy of life in prison, possibly in order to prevent him from doing this again. It may actually be an act of mercy towards him to keep him locked up because he is away from the temptations that might lead him to commit another terrible act against someone. This isn't about revenge; it's about appropriate justice for a serious case. I do think it's a disgraceful affront to the family of the murdered boy to give this man an early parole hearing.

MyOpinion1
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MyOpinion1 09/09/07 - 09:41 pm
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Vera 44, this man needs to

Vera 44, this man needs to stay in jail. Why let him out so he can continue to commit crimes against people. Sassygalady 30 I totally agree with you. I am worried about the families of these victims. They deserve better than this. May god bless the families

showstopper
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showstopper 09/09/07 - 11:25 pm
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Okay, What about J.B Stoner

Okay, What about J.B Stoner he help blow up that a Mississippi church and killed 7 Black children and 1 adult and he only stayed in prison for 6 month and you talk about family hurting J.B Stoner is no better then Mr. Brown the only difference is that J.B Stoner is white man who help 7 killed black childern and 1 adult and Mr. Brown is Black man who was there when the 1 white boy was killed. J.B Stoner should of spent the rest of his life in prison he didn't and you talk about justic there is none, When it come to black there is none!!!!!!!

Myview
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Myview 09/09/07 - 11:34 pm
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Myview
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Myview 09/09/07 - 11:45 pm
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Its important to understand

Its important to understand that when a man has served his time, he's entitled to a fair hearing. I believe 30 years for being involved is more that enough time. Isnt' the idea of prison in some cases is for redemption. And in this case I believe that is the case. The person that commited the crime has been put to death. The other two were "involved", I believe that their debt has been paid to society. Thirty plus years in prison for being involved is enough time to make your peace with your actions. Lets let the man have his fair hearing and stop this bumper sticker mentailty in judgement a eye for a eye will only leave us all blind.........

Chuchi
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Chuchi 09/10/07 - 06:05 am
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I don't know the J.B. Stoner

I don't know the J.B. Stoner story but if he helped kill 7 children and an adult then it certainly sounds as if justice was not served in that case. It sounds like a hideous miscarriage of justice. But just because Stoner got off with a light sentence doesn't mean that other killers should be shown the same leniency. Regardless of who actually pulled the trigger, Mr. Brown helped to kidnap and kill a child. It doesn't matter who he is, what he did for a living, who he is related to, or what color he and is and his victim was --- he helped to murder a child. This is not about race or revenge; it's about justice for a child who was not given a "fair hearing" before someone snuffed out his life. That child was entitled to live but Mr. Brown didn't care. Mr. Brown knew that what he was doing was wrong but he did it anyway. He chose his path and prison is the consequence. This is not about "an eye for an eye"; it is about keeping other children safe from a child murderer. Keeping him in prison is the safest option for Mr. Brown and others. I do feel very sorry for Mr. Brown's family, though, because the perpetrator's family always suffers just as much as the victim's family.

gonefromaugusta
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gonefromaugusta 09/10/07 - 07:11 am
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To myview, showstopper and

To myview, showstopper and Vera..You are wanting the killers to come back into society..Bonnie can never come back. Put your energy into figuring out how to bring the victims back into society. Now that would be justice for all.

butterflygina
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butterflygina 09/10/07 - 08:30 am
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For those of you who want him

For those of you who want him out, just stop it. Are you going to let him in your neighborhood, in your church, in your home and hearts? It is true WE ALL HAVE MADE MISTAKES AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE THEM. But you have killed a child and tried to kill his father. You don't stop there. You go on and participate in more crimes AFTER you have tried to murder two people already. That was when your chance for forgiveness as far as I'm concerned ended for good. I can not imagine the pain of losing a child, it must be so much harder when they are murdered.

sweetpea
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sweetpea 09/10/07 - 08:54 am
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How can we know if this man

How can we know if this man is "reformed"? There are already too many criminals on our streets. Our justice system needs to be tougher as it is. Rarely is there justice for the victims. If a murderer is proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt, then they should, at the very least, serve life in prison. Personally, I am for the death penalty. Why should we have to pay taxes to feed, clothe and house these menaces to society for the rest of their lives.

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victimofbrown 09/13/07 - 09:31 pm
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To all of you that support

To all of you that support Nathan Brown staying in jail,Thank You!!! To those of you that don't,think about what my family has been through. Before the men were caught we were afraid for our lives.Our house burnt down,we would hear noises that made us think someone was out there looking in,waiting to finish the job of killing my father!! I'm shaking while typing this,we were scared. My brother was buried on my 7th birthday,instead of my birth,my mother thinks about a death also. Nathan Brown knew nothing but violence while in society.What makes any of you think he knows anything else now? It's not a black and white issue with my family,if they had been white keep them in jail too.It's about safety for my family and yours too. Please lets keep killers where they belong,out of society!!! Thank you Please write the parole boards if you agree

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