The family says Gonzalez was sick. Their lawyer says he suffered a serious medical condition days before he died and didn't get the medicine he needed. The lawyer says Gonzalez was locked in a padded cell with no help where he was pronounced dead a week later.
A lawsuit, filed Thursday, on the year anniversary of his death, alleges the wrong-doing wasn't just one incident. They say he had serious medical and mental health needs which were ignored and that jail employees manipulated evidence to cover up the real cause of death.
Gonzalez was sentenced to four years in the Ford County Jail for stealing $3,000 from a Paxton bank through ATM fraud. The sheriff facing the lawsuit says he feels great sympathy for the Gonzalez family, but his death was not the fault of anyone at the jail and he's certain that will be the decision of the court.