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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

August 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of CO James Weston, Jr.

James Weston, Jr.
CO James Weston, Jr.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

55-year-old Correctional Officer James Weston Jr. had over 13 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Johnston Unit in Winnsboro and his last day on the job was August 14, 2020. On August 20, 2020, Weston tested positive for COVID-19 and had been self-quarantining. Sadly, Weston was found dead in his home August 26, 2020.

“The thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family are with the loved ones of Officer Weston,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “He was a dedicated public servant who went above and beyond. Officer Weston will be greatly missed.”

“James Weston loved his job and he was a vital part of the Johnston family,” said Johnston Unit Senior Warden Virgil McMullen. “Officer Weston was an expert marksman, known for his professionalism, and loved horses. He will be not be forgotten.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had twenty employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.