SLED charges Mexican restaurant owner with perjury, pending murder case

Man charged with perjury, pending murder investigation
Man charged with perjury, pending murder investigation(Lexington County Sheriff's Department)
Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 2:07 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 11:14 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - On Wednesday, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division charged Gregorio M. Leon, 55, with perjury for falsely testifying under oath.

According to arrest warrants, “on or about” December 3, 2019, Greg Leon “knowingly and willingly” asked others to provide false testimony in the defense of his pending murder charge.

Leon was charged with murder in February 2016 after allegedly shooting and killing his wife’s “lover.”

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Leon turned himself in to the Lexington Police Department after the 2016 shooting took place in a park-and-ride lot on Riverchase Way, off Highway 378.

Previous WIS coverage found Leon is the owner of the San Jose restaurant on Augusta Road, and his attorney, Dick Harpootlian argued at the time, in 2016, Leon be released on bond to take care of his business, which reportedly employed more than 130 people.

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9-1-1 recordings were obtained during the murder investigation, with Leon saying, “I shot my wife’s lover.” When he made a court appearance in 2016, his wife told the court she would not feel scared for her safety if he were released.

In 2015, Leon also was found by investigators to be involved with former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts, in harboring illegal immigrants into the Midlands.

In 2015, for that incident, Leon was sentenced to one year probation, had to serve 200 hours of community service, and pay a $180,000 fine.

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As of Wednesday, June 29, Leon was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center for his perjury charges, and this case will be prosecuted by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.

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