Corrections Employee Leonard Tatro

Corrections Employee Leonard Tatro

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, January 19, 1968

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Leonard Tatro

Corrections Employee Leonard Tatro was stabbed to death just after midnight during an escape by two youths at the Kankakee Minimum Security Unit.

The two youths used a knife which had been smuggled out of the kitchen the night before. After the attack, the youths who stabbed Corrections Employee Tatro escaped in his car, but were apprehended by Chicago police officers the next day.

Both youths pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder in adult court, one of the first such cases in Will County. They were sentenced to 15 to 25 years.

Corrections Employee Tatro was survived by his wife, two sons and six grandsons.


  • Age 63
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 to 25 years

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 50th anniversary of your EOW.

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