McALLEN, Texas — A private prison company based in Florida has been indicted in the death of a Texas prisoner just days before his release.
The indictment released Thursday alleges The GEO Group let other inmates fatally beat Gregorio de la Rosa Jr. with padlocks stuffed into socks.
He died four days before his scheduled release from a facility in Raymondville on the southern tip of Texas.
A jury ordered the company to pay de la Rosa's family $47.5 million in a 2006 civil judgment. He died in 2001.
Calls to The GEO Group and the Willacy County District Attorney's Office were not immediately returned Friday. The GEO Group was formerly known as Wackenhut Corrections Corp.