- Associated Press - Thursday, May 10, 2018

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) - A man has filed a lawsuit against two former jail deputies, claiming they attempted to incite an attack on him by other inmates while he was incarcerated in a southwestern Idaho jail.

Sergio Gonzalez filed the lawsuit in federal court in March against former Canyon County jail deputies Corey Weathermon and Kade McConnell.

Gonzalez, 31, is seeking $75,000 in damages from each deputy and $250,000 from the county jail. He claims he received emotional distress, verbal abuse, character defamation and threats of physical violence.

Weathermon, 46, and McConnell, 23, were fired in October and arrested in January following an investigation into the alleged plot.

The deputies were accused of encouraging other inmates to attack Gonzalez after a guard was injured in his escape attempt, according to authorities.

McConnell is charged with felony solicitation to commit aggravated battery, and Weathermon is charged with felony aiding and abetting the solicitation.

A judge last month ruled that there was enough evidence to send the criminal case against the two ex-deputies to district court.

Weathermon, of Nampa, also filed notice last month that he intends to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit against Canyon County and the sheriff’s office.

Weathermon has contended that county officials mishandled the investigation against him.

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