Texas Parole Board of Pardons and
parole review on 07/05/05
August 09, 2005
Victim Services Division
Creek Blvd Ste 265
consider my request to deny parole for the above
referenced Ricky Carter.
teenager, I was fortunate enough to attend Brock High
School and become a part of the Brock community. A
thriving community, Brock is a unique blend of
generations of families who have lived in the area as
well as an influx of new families who are relocating to
the area. These new families are eager to take
advantage of the excellent schools, relaxed country
atmosphere and most importantly to enjoy the “family”
type embracement that we extend to each other. Our
community is centered heavily around church, school and
the ever strengthening relationships that are treasured
by all of us in Brock. This feeling of comfort and
security can’t be put into words, but can be felt by all
who are a part of our community.
19, 1998, our community was dealt a devastating blow
that has forever changed our community and has left an
eternal lump in the throats of its residents. Mr.
Carter single-handedly destroyed the hopes and dreams of
four (4) young student/athletes and their families. In
addition, he selfishly stole four (4) members of our
“Brock family” who were already making great impacts in
life and were shaping up to be some of the most
influential young ladies this country could have ever
hoped to produce. All four (4) were beautiful, smart,
athletic, dedicated, personable, fun and innocent. The
girls were an asset to the Brock ISD and to the
community as a whole. Mr. Carter’s decision to drive
while intoxicated lent itself to his inability to
responsibly operate his pick-up truck. More than just
an accident, this event is a result of Carter’s choice
to drive drunk and demonstrate his reckless disregard
for the lives of others.
horrendous event was so widely publicized, I am often
asked about it when others find out that I am from
Brock. This event was so unthinkable that people feel a
sense of sadness and share in our bereavement even
though they are from other parts of Texas. Some of the
more common questions include but are not limited to:
Did you know
any of the girls?
I knew all of them very well.
girls as talented and gifted as everyone says?
more than what you have heard.
families doing well?
They are dealing with the effects of this event and will
never fully heal or recover from the pain that this
event has caused them.
Was the man
(Ricky Carter) who caused the accident really drunk?
His blood alcohol level was 0.16. More than twice the
current legal limit of 0.08.
happened to the guy (Ricky Carter)?
Answer: He is currently being
allowed to serve each of the 20-year sentences
concurrently, as opposed to consecutively and is up for
parole after only serving five (5) total years of his
I am writing
this letter to urge you to deny parole for Ricky
Carter. The reason that I feel so strongly about Carter
serving his entire sentence is not to see him be
punished for his decision/action as there is no
punishment severe enough for the crime. I am not
concerned with Mr. Carter having to sit in jail and
think about what he has done, as I am sure that he has
thought about it every day of his incarceration. My
motivation for your denial of Carter’s parole is very
simple……..to prevent this kind of tragedy from ever
happening again. If you allow America to watch Ricky
Carter walk away without serving his full sentence, it
will be a disservice to him, his family, the families of
the four (4) girls killed and to society as a whole. If
you grant his parole, you will be showing everyone that
Texas is not serious about the consequences of drinking
and driving. Again, I am requesting that you fully
execute Ricky Carter’s sentence. This will dissuade
others from making the choice to drive under the
influence of alcohol. We need to make an example out of
this widely publicized event so that everyone in Texas
will know that if you drink and drive, you will be
prosecuted. People need to understand the serious
ramifications of their decision to drink and drive
BEFORE they ever start drinking and not AFTER they have
created death and destruction. I hope that you will
give my request your full consideration and that you
will feel good knowing that you did your part to help
prevent this kind of event from ever happening to anyone
If you have
any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to
contact me directly via the contact information in the
header at the beginning of this letter. Please feel
free to redistribute this letter, with my contact
information kept in confidence, to any persons in which
you see fit.