Estranged son of suspect in TX immigrant truck deaths recalls time together: 'It was pretty rough'

Posted at 10:08 PM, Jul 25, 2017

DENVER -- The last time James M. Bradley Jr. saw his father, he was 15. Yesterday, Bradley Jr. saw his dad handcuffed on television after 10 people died in his tractor trailer full of undocumented immigrants in Texas.

“I was livid. I was really upset. My heart goes out to all the families. My heart goes out to those who lost their loved ones,” said Bradley Jr.

Bradley Jr. says despite his dad's denial of the charges, he believes it's likely his dad knew the immigrants were in his truck. Denver7 detailed Bradley’s criminal history in Colorado Monday.

“I can't let it slide passed him. He just lets certain things get to the best of him,” said Bradley Jr., who added that he had a rough time with his father when they lived together.

“It was pretty rough. I spent most the time getting the belt by my dad or seeing him beating my mother,” said Bradley Jr.

His parents then divorced, and at age 7, Bradley Jr. lost his mother to cancer.

His father was constantly in and out of prison most of his life. At some point, court documents show Bradley Sr escaped a community corrections facility he was serving time at for a deadly weapon charge.

Bradley Jr. says the one job his dad always managed to keep was being a truck driver.