3525 Speight Avenue Waco, Texas 76711 (254) 753-0238
Date: April 14, 2020
HPROA Houston Office
P.O. Box 130787
Houston, TX 77219-0787
RE: Parole Denial for Thelette Brandon, TDCJ-ID # 00339778
I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to you for your support of our community and the safeguard of our citizens.
Faced again with the parole review process of Thelette Brandon, who murdered my husband, Waco Police Sgt. Roger Barrett, on June 12, 1976, I am seeking your assistance to continue Mr. Brandon's incarceration in our correctional system.
I am enclosing copies of materials relating to the case for your review. I would appreciate any letters that could be written to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice protesting his parole. I am confident that with enough public response, Thelette Brandon will remain behind bars for the maximum time provided by law.
All correspondence concerning his parole should include Thelette Brandon's inmate number, which is TDCJ # 00339778. Please do not send the enclosed confidential correspondence, but develop your original letter from the information. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at (254) 753-0238.
As time is of the essence, please remit your correspondence at your earliest possible convenience.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Waco Police Sgt.Roger Earl Barrett was killed June 12,1976 while apprehending murder suspect Thelette Brandon. Sgt.Barrett died of multiple stab wounds in the chest and back which caused massive hemorrhaging and collapsed lungs. Brandon also shot Sgt. Barrett once in the lower right arm nd once in the back and engaged in a shoot-out with other police officers before his capture.Dept. of Criminal Justice 8712 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, Tx 78757 Suite 265
Brandon had stabbed to death 21-year old Frank Johnson Jr.of Cherryvale,Kansas minutes earlier inside a bus terminal.
Brandon was found guilty of capitalmurder and was assessed the death penalty in1976. Brandon escaped his death sentence by the use of an opinion in a higher court (Estelle v.Smith). He ultimately pled guilty to two counts of murder with a deadly weapon and was assessed two life terms in prison.