George Pickering II was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in January after he stopped doctors at Tomball Regional Medical Center in Houston from pulling the plug on his son, George Pickering III, who was on life support following a stroke (video below).
"I felt hopeless," Pickering recently told KPRC. "They were saying that he was brain-dead, he was a vegetable."
While Pickering has admitted to being intoxicated and aggressive that night, he believed his son would pull through as he had in a past.
"I knew if I had three or four hours that night that I would know whether George was brain dead or not," Pickering stated.
Pickering was disarmed by his other son, but then lied about being armed with another gun, reports NY Daily News. Pickering pulled a curtain around himself and his son while a SWAT squad negotiated his surrender.
"During that three hours, George squeezed my hand three or four times on command," Pickering recalled.
Realizing his son wasn't brain-dead, Pickering surrendered.
"There was a law broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons," Pickering’s son said. "I'm here now because of it."
One of the criminal charges was dropped against Pickering, and he was credited time spent in jail for the second. He was released from prison in early December.
The Tomball Regional Medical Center declined to comment: "Due to strict privacy laws, we are unable to comment about individual patients, but we encourage you to contact local law enforcement for a complete picture of the events that took place."
It's not clear when or if the hospital or doctors will be held responsible for their actions, which could have cost the younger Pickering his life.
Pickering's ex-wife, Teresa, told the NY Daily News via phone that the media on the East Coast would not fairly report the story, but said that her son has not yet fully recovered from his stroke.