Truck driver sentenced to life in prison for 10 human smuggling fatalities

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2018

The driver of a semitrailer packed with at least 3 9 immigrants, 10 of whom died, has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for building the mortal smuggling operate. He was discovered July 23 behind a Walmart in San Antonio in the cab of a tractor-trailer that had several people standing and lying inside the rear of the truck.

On October 16, 2017, Bradley pleaded guilty to driving an 18-wheeler stuffed with 40 undocumented immigrants across the border, 10 of whom died. Its refrigeration system wasn't working and out of doors temperatures that day reached 101 levels.

"Today's sentencing of James Matthew Bradley, Jr., brings some closure to a truly horrific and unnecessary tragedy that involved exploiting human cargo for pure greed", Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, HSI San Antonio said.

"There is not a day or night that goes by that I don't relive this scene", he said in the video. Two of the injured died at a hospital.

Survivors recalled brutal situations within the auto, saying they resorted to crying whereas begging for water because of the excessive temperatures.

Initially, Bradley told investigators he didn't know people were in the trailer until he stopped at the Walmart for a bathroom break and heard them banging and shaking the trailer. They eventually had to take turns breathing through a single hole in the side of the trailer.

Pedro Silva Segura, 47, the operator of the stash home in Laredo that served as a holding space for unlawful immigrants awaiting transportation, pleaded responsible to conspiracy final month. He faces as much as life in jail when he's sentenced on June 29.

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