LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A federal judge revoked the probation for Lexington restaurateur Gregorio Leon after a Valentine's Day murder he is accused of committing.
Leon has been in and out of the news - first for his role in the federal investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts on harboring illegal immigrants charges in 2015. Leon originally avoided prison time for unlawful employment of illegal aliens as part of the federal investigation. He received six months in prison suspended to a year probation and was required to pay $180,000 fine, as well as complete 200 hours of community service.
Terms of his probation prevented Leon from carrying a weapon, but his attorney Dick Harpootlian argued Leon's federal probation officer knew he continued to carry one to protect himself when making bank deposits for the restaurants.
But then in February, Leon found himself in more trouble.
The 49-year-old is charged with murder, attempted murder, discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection to the Feb. 14 incident at a park-and-ride in Lexington County with the alleged murder of Arturo Bravo Santos on Valentine's Day. Leon turned himself into the Lexington law enforcement officials after dialing 911 following the shooting. He reportedly told the dispatcher, "I shot my wife's lover."
Now, Judge Joseph Anderson Jr. revoked Leon's probation for the federal conviction Wednesday. Leon is allowed to self-report to the Bureau of Prisons and shall continue to abide by his conditions of the state bond court. Those conditions mean not having any contact with his wife.
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