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Defendant Sentenced for 3-Month Crime Spree

DATE:  April 22, 2016

CASE:  Mitchell Leahy

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Megan Eixenberger, Career Criminal Prosecution Unit

The Honorable Donald Currier sentenced 35-year-old Mitchell Leahy to 17 years, 4 months in prison.  On March 14, 2016, a jury convicted Leahy of first-degree robbery with use of a firearm, first-degree burglary, and grand theft of a firearm.

On August 29, 2013, Ryan Yarbrough returned to his Folsom home and saw that his sliding glass door had been taken off the tracks.  Mr. Yarbrough discovered he was missing a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .40 caliber semi-automatic firearm, and his grandfather’s retirement ring from the Oakland Police Department.  Fingerprints lifted from the sliding glass door matched Leahy.

On September 2, 2013, Vickie Lovingood returned to her Orangevale home and noticed her French doors were open.  When she entered one of the bedrooms, she saw a man rummaging through her dresser drawers.  He was also holding one of her tote bags that appeared to be full of items.  When confronted, the man reached towards his waistband and pulled out a gun.  Mrs. Lovingood backed away and the man fled.  Fingerprints lifted from the French doors matched Leahy. 

On October 25, 2013, Mrs. Lovingood contacted the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to report a man she saw in a news report of a burglary in Granite Bay looked like the man she saw in her house.  The Granite Bay burglary took place on October 23, 2013. A 14-year-old girl was home alone at the time and called 911 when she realized a man was attempting to enter the house through a sliding glass door.  Leahy was located nearby.  Detectives found burglary tools, a firearm, jewelry and other property belonging to multiple victims in his truck.


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