Family of Cameron County inmate who died in jail agrees to $1 million settlement
The family of a Cameron County inmate who died behind bars has agreed to a $1 million settlement.
Fernando Longoria died at the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in 2015. His family's attorney says Longoria had a seizure and was never taken to the hospital or given proper medical treatment, which ultimately led to his death.
The family sued the county for cruel and unusual punishment.
"An 8th amendment constitutional violation," said family attorney Eddie Lucio. "Basically, the constitution of the United States says you cannot be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment after you've been sentenced."
The attorney representing Cameron County also responded to the case in a statement that reads:
“Cameron County has not and does not admit any legal liability or fault but out of respect for the minor children of the deceased and the requirements of the legal process will continue to process necessary documentation to close the case. Cameron County’s policies and procedures are designed to and do provide for safety, security and healthcare of its detainees in accordance with all constitutional requirements and jail standards.”