Leffingwell gets eight years for burglary

Published 9:07 am Thursday, December 22, 2011


A Proctorville man who was convicted of burglary during a two-day trial this week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison, but not before getting a warning from the judge about changing the course his life has been following.

Jeffrey A. Leffingwell, 25, of 55 Township Road 1309, maintained his innocence at his sentencing.

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“I may have knew (sic) about it but your honor I did not do it,” Leffingwell told Judge D. Scott Bowling. “I did not do it.”

But Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Jeff Smith pointed out that two strikes against Leffingwell merited a lengthy prison sentence: the testimony offered during his trial and Leffingwell’s prior criminal record.

Leffingwell’s attorney, Mike Davenport, asked Bowling for a shorter prison sentence because of Leffingwell’s age and because he has a young child.

In the end, Bowling delivered a sober warning about a life of crime and the perils of making bad choices, noting that this was not Leffingwell’s “first go-round” with the criminal justice system.

“When you are released from prison you will still be a young man,” Bowling said. “When you walk out that door (of the prison) you look to your right and then you look to your left.

There is a lion crouching there, waiting to devour you.”

Bowling also ordered Leffingwell to pay $1,700 in restitution to his victim.

Leffingwell is accused of breaking into a Proctorville residence earlier this year.