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Leach sentenced to five years' probation in son's death

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Michael Leach said he accidentally mistook his son, Matthew, for an intruder when he shot and killed him in an Old Forge hotel room two years ago.

On Tuesday, Leach was surrounded by family as he learned his fate. Leach, who pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide in June, was sentenced to five years probation, with the first 180 days to be spent in the Herkimer County Jail.

Psychiatrists for both the defense and the prosecution agreed that Leach suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and severe issues stemming from an on-the-job incident in the 1970s. Experts agreed his failure to treat those issues and the fact he slept with a loaded handgun turned deadly. 

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