After listening to her son being beaten during a 2004 phone call, Thelma Gibson says she had no choice but to send more than $100,000 cash to guards and others to keep her son from being killed at a Texas prison.
“I’ve lost everything to try to save my son’s life,” the Houston woman told the House Corrections Committee in emotional testimony on Wednesday, saying her pleas for help repeatedly fell on deaf ears with prison officials. “I don’t have a dime left.”
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CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct that Jorge Renaudspent 27 years in Texas prisons for robbery and burglary.