Jail Supervisor Leon Earl Egley

Jail Supervisor Leon Earl Egley

Randolph County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, June 22, 2000

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Leon Earl Egley

Jail Supervisor Egley and Deputy Jason Acton were shot and killed during an attempted jail break at rural Randolph County Jail.

At approximately 0045 hours, a man and a woman rang the night buzzer at the jail. After being let in, the suspects opened fire on the two deputies, killing them both. Following department regulations, both officers were unarmed while in the jail. There was no barrier separating the deputies from visitors in the lobby. The two suspects were attempting to free a friend who was incarcerated. After they were unable to find keys for the cells, the two suspects fled, but were arrested in Kansas later in the day.

The male suspect was convicted and sentenced to death and the female suspect pled guilty to murder. The incarcerated friend who planned the jail break was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
The jail was redesigned following the incident to include barriers and videotaped surveillance.

Supervisor Egley is survived by his mother and four brothers.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Thinking of Leon today as I am preparing to give a testimony at my wife's local church. I knew Leon since 1976 when my family moved to Lewis County. He was an incredibly forward thinking person, he was thinking in grade school and junior high the thoughts that middle age adults struggle with. He also held his classmates in the most high regard, a friend of his was truly a friend. I still appreciate being his friend, and look forward to great times together with our Lord in God's playground.

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