September 20, 2018
From Jayson M. Clark, Saline County State’s Attorney
HARRISBURG MAN SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR FELONY AGGRAVATED FLEEING OFFENSE
On September 12, 2018, Jerry D. Leach, age 47, of Harrisburg, Illinois was sentenced by Judge Walden E. Morris in Saline County, Illinois Circuit Court to 5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Leach had been previously found guilty of a Class 4 felony charge of Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and a Class A misdemeanor charge of Driving While Driver’s License is Suspended at a jury trial that ended on July 19, 2018. State’s Attorney Jayson Clark handled the successful prosecution of the case, including trying the case before the jury.
Leach’s convictions arose out of an incident in which he led officers of the Harrisburg Police Department and Saline County Sheriff’s Department on a high-speed chase through residential streets in the City of Harrisburg. Leach had warrants for his arrest at the time and his driver’s license had been suspended by the Illinois Secretary of State. Class 4 felonies generally carry a possible sentence of 1 to 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. However, because of Leach’s criminal record, he was eligible for and received an extended term sentence. The investigation of Leach’s case was led by Chief David Morris of the Harrisburg Police Department. Deputy Logan Leverett of the Saline County Sheriff’s Department (now a Harrisburg police officer) assisted Chief Morris with the investigation.