Katy mom obtains trial evidence to protest early release for drunk driver who killed her daughter

- It was March of 2010 the last day of spring break.

Christina Brown and her family had spent the day on Surfside Beach.

“Building sandcastles, eating just had a good day together,” Brown said.

On the ride home the family pulled over just outside of Angleton to get a snack out of the trunk.

That’s when a drunk and high Jeffery Thomas crashed his truck on top of their car.

“Nicole had tire marks on the whole left side of her body her face her arms her legs,” Brown said. “Chunks of her hair was on the front seat with me.”

Brown’s 14-year-old daughter Nicole King was dead at the scene.

Her 11-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son were seriously injured.

Thomas,  Brown says showed no remorse.

“He didn’t care he wanted to know if his truck was totaled,” Brown said. “He wanted to know if his insurance was going to pay for it.”

Through a public information request Brown obtained all the evidence from Thomas’s trial including the remarks he made at the time of his arrest.

She posted it all on Facebook and plans to show it to parole board members who will be considering Thomas for early release on Thursday.

Thomas has only served half of his ten year sentence.

“I’ve never seen a victim pull footage recordings statements and so forth and put it up there for the world to see,” said crime victims advocate Andy Kahan.

Kahan says other crime victims should consider following Brown’s lead and file open records requests and get trial evidence before it’s destroyed.

He believes it will have a major impact on Brown’s push to keep Thomas behind bars.

In their reports investigators even document the lack of remorse on Thomas’s part.

Thomas tells one cop he might just keep the fact that he killed a person on the down low cause that could hurt his P.R. career.

In one conversation about the crash he says he hit “something.”

“What was that something that you hit,” Brown said. “No you killed a 14-year-old girl you destroyed a family.”

The parole board doesn’t consider intoxication manslaughter a violent offense that means Thomas must be reviewed for parole every year.

Kahan says he hopes to get that changed during next year’s legislative session.
 

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