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The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 20
Leeds will spend the rest of his life in prison for scrap yard killings
BY AMY ASMAN
On July 19, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced that “mass murderer Lee Leeds was sentenced to a term of 100 years to life [in prison]” for shooting and killing four people, including his father, at a Santa Maria salvage yard in 2008.
“That term will then be followed by a term of life without the possibility of parole on each of the four counts of first degree murder,” Dudley said in a prepared statement.
Leeds opened fire at Black Road Auto in Santa Maria on March 18, 2008, killing his father Richard Leeds, who owned the business, Dave Dubois, Terry Majan, and Ricardo Leal.
Leeds, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, received psychiatric care at Patton State Hospital while in custody. However, a jury earlier this year found him legally sane at the time of the killings.
“No sentence could ever ameliorate the horrendous, senseless death of these four innocent victims,” Dudley added in the statement. “I hope this extraordinary sentence can however be the beginning of a healing process for all those who have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of this tragic crime.”