April 4, 2003 - March 20, 2021
This site exists to make sure that the tragic story of Corey Thompson is shared across the world in order to bring awareness and resolve to a case where justice was not meted out. His murderer, James Sotello, walks free while having made three different bonds for murder, attempted murder, and aggravated assault.
Where is the justice when local policies across Harris County allow for outcomes like this? The laws must change for the betterment of our communities.
Just 15 days before Corey Thompson turned 18, he was shot in the back and back of the head by James Sotelo in a cowardly, shameless fashion. A total of 13 bullet casings were found at the scene of the murder, each fired by an individual who Corey considered a friend.
This individual's flagrant disregard for human life is underscored by repeat offenses without remorse. Before he murdered Corey, he was already out of jail on a $100.00 PR bond for assault. He then went on another violent rampage that went on to permanently disfigure and mar the lives of several people and families.
After murdering Corey, his bond was reduced from $150,000.00 to $100,000.00, and he walked free again. Not long after this, he was jailed again on 4/26/2021 for the attempted murder of his step-brother with a handgun. He was given a 3rd bond of $50,000.00, which was summarily reduced to $20,000.00.
Now he's out again.
3 charges, 3 bonds, 3 victims, 1 criminal & 1 Judge.
Every single person who loved Corey Thompson understands the pain, anguish, and frustration that's hung over the heads of countless families across Harris County who have seen violent individuals turned loose on PR bonds. What happened to Corey can happen to anyone in our community.
We need to bring attention to these policies and the judges who support them. Our voices need to be heard!
Support through prayer has sustained Corey's mother throughout this time of grief, and we are very appreciative to all of the people who have reached out to us with warmth and love. If you would like to help out the family during this time of need. Both of these go straight to Corey's mother.
Learning how to live after the death of a child is a daily agony. The pain builds up in the mundane and regular parts of life. When I pass by his room and feel his absence, or hear the back door close and wish to myself that it were him walking in. His presence was felt, and his spirit loomed large in our house.
It's been a few months now, and the pain still breaks through the veneer I put on to maneuver in the world. Mostly when I think to myself how my son's murderer is still walking the streets, free and alive. And that laws in my community allow for this outcome to take shape, and that I'm expected to be okay with this or settle.
Not only am I not going to accept this situation, I'm going to change is so that no other parent or child has to feel the pain that my family and I have endured and continue to suffer through.
If you have any information regarding this case or know someone who does, please don't hesitate to reach out directly. We are willing to work with anyone to help bring resolve and justice to light.