Thursday night Brandon Robertson, 37, killed himself after being the focus of a statewide manhunt for shooting and killing Trooper Scott Burns Tuesday near Lake O' The Pines. We've reported Robertson admitted to a drug problem, even sentenced to four years in prison for meth possession and arrested just last month on the same charge. So it begs the question--should Robertson even have been out on the streets? His own brother says "no." And in a KLTV 7 Exclusive, Derrick Robertson tells our Tracy Watler what he hopes will change so other families don't experience this kind of tragedy.
The facts speak for themselves: Sentenced to four years in prison for possession of meth, Brandon Robertson served six months before getting out on parole. He failed two out of four drug tests since September. And last month, he stopped showing up for parole meetings and was out a day after being arrested again for possession of methamphetamine.
"It's really unbelievable, totally unbelievable," says Derrick, Brandon Robertson's brother.
He says those facts add up to a system that failed one of its own. He believes Robertson should never have been out of prison the night he shot and killed Trooper Burns.
"I think he should have been re-incarcerated, if he had been possibly we could have prevented this tragedy....square to the blame falls on my brother's shoulders for his action, although I do believe, my family's belief is this was a contributing factor," he explains.
And that's why he now wants stricter restrictions when comes to parolees who have a history of methamphetamine abuse.
"It just totally took him over."
But the Texas Department of Criminal Justice tells us violations of parole are not that cut and dry. They confirm Robertson did fail two drug tests and was arrested, but instead of sending him back to prison, they say they have graduated sanctions in place like drug abuse classes that parolees can attend. The TDCJ says they ultimately ask the question is it best to put a violator back in prison or try to treat the problem?
Derrick says he chooses prison.
"Especially after watching what happened to my brother, we believe this in all of our hearts that they need to have stricter supervision for people who are committing crimes using meth," Derrick explains.
He's a brother who would have rather seen his own flesh and blood sit in prison than have the freedom to kill another person and ultimately himself.
Gregg County Judge Alvin Khoury was the judge that gave Robertson his initial prison sentence. We made repeated efforts to talk to him all day, but our requests were put off. However, the judge has been quoted in other reports as saying he was outraged that Robertson was still on the streets, and he plans to write letters to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and to Governor Rick Perry.