Former Washington Co. jailer completes sentence for oppression conviction

Published: Nov. 23, 2018 at 10:03 AM CST
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A former Washington County jailer is now out of jail after serving time for official oppression.

Christopher Kulow was released from jail on Monday according to Washington County Sheriff Otto Hanak.

In August 2013, Kulow was caught on jail surveillance video beating an inmate who was in a restraint chair. The inmate, Gregory Webb, had been placed in the chair after being disruptive in a solitary confinement cell.

Two years later, a jury in Brenham convicted Kulow of a Class A misdemeanor.

The trial made statewide headlines as a potential race issue: Kulow is white, Webb is black, and the jury consisted of all white people.

Houston civil rights activist Quanell X was in court to watch the proceedings and told KBTX at the time that he was satisfied with the outcome.

The victim said the same.

"My reaction to the verdict was justice was served today," said Webb at the time. "We got what we came for."

Kulow served his time in the Burleson County Jail due to safety reasons.