Warrants: 'I shot my wife`s lover' restaurant owner said to report murder

Published: Feb. 15, 2016 at 4:09 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2016 at 12:50 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Police investigators confirm that the shooting victim found in a park-and-ride off Highway 378 in Lexington on Sunday night was the lover of the suspect's wife.

"I shot my wife's lover," Gregorio Leon, 49, reportedly told 911 dispatchers when he called to report the shooting.

Leon, a restaurant owner, is charged with murder, attempted murder, discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

RELATED: See photos from the scene of the investigation.

READ: Warrants for Gregorio Leon's arrest

Lexington Police officers say they responded to a shots fired call around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night in a park-and-ride lot on Riverchase Way off Highway 378.

Officers say once they arrived, they found a dead man lying on the ground between two vehicles. He had been shot several times.

The warrants say the victim was sitting in the back seat of a pickup truck when "the defendant opened the rear passenger door and fired a handgun multiple times."

The warrant for the attempted murder charge says Leon's wife also was in the back seat of the truck when the shots were fired but she was not injured.

The warrants also say a nearby security camera captured footage of the shooting.

At about 4 a.m. Monday, LPD announced it had made an arrest.

Leon, according to the federal government, paid money to Sheriff Metts in an effort to keep several of his undocumented workers out of the hands of a federal government database.

Metts was indicted by the federal government on corruption charges, but pleaded guilty to helping to harbor illegal aliens. He received 12 months and one day in prison.

Leon, meanwhile, avoided prison time for his part in the saga. However, he received 1 year probation, 200 hours of community service, and a $180,000 fine. He was also ordered to cooperate with the government. 

Officers with LPD say that they are working with the SLED and the Lexington County Coroner in this investigation.

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