Former trucker gets consecutive life sentences for role in deadly 2017 human smuggling case

Author: Matt Cole

A former Florida-licensed truck driver has been sentenced to two concurrent life sentences without parole for his role in the deaths of 10 immigrants who died while being transported in a sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio last summer.

According to a report from the San Antonio Express-News, the judge in the case equated former owner-operator James Matthew Bradley Jr.’s actions to torture. Bradley originally pleaded not guilty in August, but later changed his plea in October to guilty, the report states, on two counts of conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants for profit, resulting in death.

The crime unfolded in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio on July 22, 2017, when 39 undocumented immigrants were found in the back of a trailer. The trailer had a reefer unit, but it wasn’t working while the immigrants were in route from Laredo to San Antonio.

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