After serving time behind bars, George Pickering II was released from a Texas jail earlier this month, and while the man doesn’t deny that he broke the law, he and his son said it was done for all the right reasons.
Pickering said he felt hopeless as his son lie in a bed on life support at Tomball Regional Medical Center back in January. His son, George III, suffered a massive stroke and medical staff declared him brain dead. With consent from Pickering’s ex-wife and other son, orders were in place to start a “terminal wean,” but Pickering said he had seen his son, who suffers from a seizure disorder, in this position before, and he wasn’t ready to give up on him yet.
“They were moving too fast. The hospital, the nurses, the doctors,” said Pickering.
Pickering also admitted to being drunk and belligerent, but said he just needed a few more hours with his son. The desperate father, armed with a gun, then engaged in a stand-off with SWAT for several hours, but in those few hours, Pickering said his son responded to several verbal commands by squeezing his hand. Once he knew there was still life left in his son and as law enforcement moved in, Pickering surrendered peacefully.
Pickering was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. One charge was dismissed and the second was dropped to a state jail felony, the lowest level felony in the state of Texas.
“There was a law broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons. I’m here now because of it,” said George III, who some could argue is still alive thanks to the actions of his father. “It was love, it was love.”
George III, who has made a full recovery, said it’s the duty of a parent to protect their children and that’s exactly what his father did.
“This case has always been about a father protecting his son, when his son couldn’t protect himself,” said Phoebe Smith, Pickering’s attorney.
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