Three months after police found dozens of immigrants—eight already dead—trapped in a hot trailer in a San Antonio Walmart parking lot, the truck driver pleaded guilty to smuggling. James Bradley Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport aliens resulting in death and one count of transporting aliens resulting in death on Monday.
The 61-year-old faces up to life in prison, and will be sentenced by a federal judge in January. A total of 39 undocumented immigrants were found inside the trailer on July 23. In addition to the eight found dead at the scene, two more people later died from heat-related injuries. The deceased were from Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico. Immigrants later told investigators that anywhere from 70 to 200 people were crowded into the hot trailer, with only one small vent for air.