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Deborah Leonard, mother in Word of Life beatings, released from jail

Deborah Leonard, the mother of Lucas Leonard, the boy killed in the 2015 Word of Life Church beating, has been released from jail.

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 7:28 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2020 10:57 PM

CHADWICKS, N.Y. --Deborah Leonard, the mother of Lucas Leonard, the boy killed in the 2015 Word of Life Church beating, has been released from prison.

Oneida County District Attoney, Scott McNamara has confirmed this with NEWSChannel 2.

Deborah, along with her husband Bruce, were sentenced in Feb. 2017 for the beatings.

Deborah Leonard was convicted of Assault in the 1st degree, and Assault in the 2nd degree. Her original release date was slated for Jan. 18, 2020 but released two days early. Her post-release supervision will run through Jan. 17, 2025.

Deborah Leonard received credit for time served before she was sentenced, and credit for good behavior while in prison.

The beatings also left Lucas' brother, Christopher, seriously injured.

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