Rotten to the Corps: A Question of Justice at Texas A&M

Thanks to A& M and a district attorney, two cadets escape punishment for beating in a student's face

"The whole time I've said, 'Is there something I'm missing here?' Clue me in so I can get on with my life," he says. "But they won't tell us anything. What are they scared of?"

John has little hope that he will ever know. The only option remaining, he says, is for the district attorney to reopen the case since it has never been prosecuted. Jarvis Parsons, an assistant district attorney in Brazos County, said that the case appeared to be closed, but added that it could be reviewed.

"We're going to be sitting down and taking a look at the case real soon," Parsons says.

Zach Corcoran in the hospital hours after his fight with the cadets. Click here for more photos of his injuries.
Photos courtesy of the Corcoran family
Zach Corcoran in the hospital hours after his fight with the cadets. Click here for more photos of his injuries.
A CAT scan revealed a "blowout" on the left side of Zach's face.
Photos courtesy of the Corcoran family
A CAT scan revealed a "blowout" on the left side of Zach's face.

John had planned to purchase billboard space in Bryan and College Station to run a political ad against Kuboviak. The main billboard company in Bryan and College Station, Lamar Advertising Company, declined John Corcoran's request, saying the subject matter was too controversial.

Kuboviak has since announced that he will not run for reelection for the county attorney position, surprising the legal community in Bryan. Kuboviak gave no specific reason, but issued a press release that explained he felt he had accomplished his goals.

"I regret ever having confidence in the system. That drives a knife right through our hearts," John says. "I'm probably more jaded than anyone. I still have a tough time coping."

Helle and Ramirez are currently attending Texas A&M University and remain members of the Corps of Cadets. Both are scheduled to graduate in May.

"I really hope the Corcoran family would get counseling," Mask says. "Everyone needs to just walk away."

Zach, who eventually graduated from A&M with a business degree, had hoped to move to Houston or Dallas after graduation to find a job in the financial industry. But since he had to wear a patch over his eye during his final semester, Zach says he didn't have the confidence to go to interviews when job recruiters visited campus.

So, Zach moved back to Corpus Christi, where his father found him a job with a friend's small finance company. He had another surgery to correct his double vision, but still does not have full movement of his eyes. Doctors have told him to expect more surgeries in the future.

Now Zach has found a job as a financial adviser at a larger company in Corpus Christi. He works downtown, across the street from his father. Zach often walks over to meet his father, and the two have lunch or dinner at the Town Club, blocks away from their offices.

Zach says he feels paranoid when he's in a public place, wondering who is behind him. He sometimes has nightmares about the fight and wakes up sweating. Once, he says, he woke up crying.

"That's the worst part," Zach says. "It's there. It's not going away."

paul.knight@houstonpress.com

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