Truck Driver In Smuggling Case Pleads Guilty

A truck driver charged for his involvement in a human smuggling operation resulting in the deaths of 10 people earlier this year in Texas Monday pleaded guilty to two federal charges.

Sixty-one year-old James Matthew Bradley, Junior pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport aliens resulting in death and one count of transporting aliens resulting in death. Bradley will be sentenced on January 22nd. He faces up to life in federal prison.

On July 23rd, authorities discovered Bradley’s tractor trailer along with 39 people suspected of living in the country illegally. Of the 39, eight died in the trailer and two died at hospitals.

Bradley was driving a semi with a trailer that had been owned by Pyle Transportation of Schaller. He had been hired by Pyle to deliver the trailer to Brownsville, Texas.

Last week, federal regulators shut down Pyle for safety violations.