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Guard Charles Alton Edward Leonard | Virginia State Convict Road Force, Virginia Virginia State Convict Road Force, Virginia

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Charles Alton Edward Leonard

Virginia State Convict Road Force, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, September 22, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 9/15/1932

Weapon: Blunt object; Iron pipe

Offender: Executed in 1936

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Guard Charles Leonard succumbed to head injuries sustained one week earlier when he was assaulted during an escape attempt at Convict Road Camp #6 in Scott County, Virginia. Three inmates in the camp attacked Guard Leonard and the camp foreman, striking both over the head with a pipe.

One of three inmates was shot in the leg by a Washington County deputy near Abingdon, Virginia, and recaptured. The remaining two inmates were able to escape.

Guard Leonard was taken to a hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he succumbed to his head injuries on September 22, 1932.

One of the escapees was recaptured in 1935, convicted of Guard Leonard's murder, and sentenced to death. He was executed on July 24, 1936.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 78th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
September 22, 2010

 

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