CALDWELL — The man who was allegedly targeted by two ex-sheriff’s deputies in a plot to get other inmates to injure him was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, according to a press release from the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office.
Sergio Gonzalez, 31, of Nampa was sentenced to life in prison, with 30 years fixed, after being found guilty by a jury in March of sexually abusing two 10-year-old girls. According to the press release, Gonzalez had been out on parole for less than three months when the abuse occurred.
While those charges were pending, the press release states Gonzalez attempted to escape the Canyon County jail in October 2017, “brutally battering an officer in the process.”
That incident is what allegedly motivated the would-be attack. Former deputies Kade McConnell and Corey Weathermon are accused of encouraging other inmates to attack him in the jail following the escape attempt. The two deputies reportedly used jail files to show other inmates known to be in the same gang as Gonzalez his child sex abuse charges — an offense that makes you “not exist” to a gang any longer, according to an inmate’s testimony in April.
Criminal charges are currently pending for Weathermon and McConnell. Gonzalez filed a lawsuit in federal court against the former deputies and the sheriff’s office on March 21. He is seeking $75,000 from each deputy and $250,000 from the county jail for emotional distress, verbal abuse, character defamation and threats of physical violence.
In April 2018, Gonzalez also pleaded guilty to one count of injury to a child for a third female victim, according to the press release.
“You brought this upon yourself. You may protest your innocence but this Court heard those girls testify and the Court has no doubt you committed those crimes. I believed the girls, the jury believed the girls,” Judge George Southworth said at sentencing. “You, sir, are a danger. My hope is by the time you’ve served this sentence, that you will be at such an age that when you are released as an old man you will not be a danger to the community.”
Gonzalez will be eligible for parole in 30 years when he is 61. The state requested a fixed life sentence, according to the press release.
Gonzalez was also ordered to pay each victim a $5,000 civil penalty and to have no contact with the three victims and no unsupervised contact with children.
“Sergio Gonzalez is a violent gang member with a sexual attraction to prepubescent females. I cannot think of anyone more dangerous to our community and anyone more deserving of fixed life,” said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Erica Kallin.