I am moved to tears over what this boy/man endured. I truly do not know what to say. I do feel this story was meant to pass along, perhaps to motivate the law to be more aggressive when faced with crimes such as these.
In June 1998, Robbie Middleton was walking to a friend’s house to try out a tent he had been given that day — his eighth birthday.
But as he passed through woods near his Texas home he was grabbed, had gasoline thrown in his face, was tied to a tree with fishing line, and was then set alight after more fuel was thrown over him.
Thirteen years later, just before his 21st birthday, Mr. Middleton died from injuries associated with the 99% burns that covered his body.
But before he died he made a dramatic deathbed video statement, which prosecutors are using to charge the alleged attacker, a neighbour aged 13 at the time.
In the video, Mr. Middleton revealed for the first time his attacker had raped him two weeks before setting him on fire.
David Walker, the Montgomery County attorney, said the rape revelation showed the…
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