Immigrant’s death in local jail under investigation

Lorenzo Ochoa-Figueroa. (Williamson County Jail photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the death of a man who was in custody at the privately-run Jack Harwell Detention Center in Waco.

Sheriff Parnell McNamara said Lorenzo Ochoa-Figueroa, of Zacatecas, Mexico, died of what appears to have been natural causes last Thursday night while in custody at Harwell.

Ochoa-Figueroa, 53, was in custody on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer, charged with illegal re-entry into the United States, federal court records show.

The federal criminal complaint says Ochoa-Figueroa, also known as
Florentino Rendon-Mata, Lorenzo Ochoa, Lorenzo Figueroa-Ochoa, Florentino, Matia Rendon and Florentino Rendon, was arrested June 5 after ICE agents discovered him among the population of the Williamson County Jail, where he was being held on a family violence charge, took custody of him and moved him to the Waco facility, where he was booked in June 6.

LaSalle Corrections, Inc., operates the county-owned Harwell jail and it is contracted to house federal prisoners awaiting court dates in the Waco courts.

Telephone calls Tuesday to their Dripping Springs headquarters were not returned.

McNamara said the report of autopsy has not yet been returned to McLennan County and it could be weeks before it is finished.

McNamara said his office has notified the Texas Commission on Jail Standards of the in-custody death.

Justice of the Peace Bryan Richardson ordered Ochoa-Figueroa’s body taken to Dallas for autopsy.

McNamara said there were no signs of foul play or a struggle, which is why Richardson said he believes the cause is natural.