Lake County: Man who killed officer wants early release

LAKE COUNTY -- Scott Leland, the convicted drunk driver who was responsible for killing Willoughby Police Officer Jason Gresko Sept. 21, 2012 has filed for early release from prison, according to the Willoughby Police Fallen Officers Memorial Facebook Page.

Leland pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI in July 2013 and was sentenced to four years on prison.

Officer Jason Gresko was killed in the line of duty on September 21, 2012 when his cruiser collided with Leland's pick-up truck while he was responding to an emergency call.

Leland had a BAC of .14 and has only served six and a half months of his four-year sentence.

Gresko worked part-time with Willoughby PD and full-time with Cleveland Clinic PD. "He made us all better people... we're truly going to miss him," said Cleveland Clinic Police Chief David Easton. Patrolman Gresko was named Officer of the Year by Willoughby Police Department back in 2009.

The Willoughby Police Fallen Officers Memorial Facebook Page is asking supporters of Officer Gresko and his family to petition Judge Gibson with letters.

The Facebook post reads, in part:

He has only served 6.5 months of a 4.5 year sentence. We are asking anyone that opposes his release write a letter to the judge as soon as possible. The impact of his death has had a profoundly effect on so many people. Please pray that the judge does the right thing and turns his early release down.

Please pray that his wife and extended family do not have to reopen a wound that was just beginning to heal. Letters can be sent to Judge Joseph Gibson addressed to his attention at 47 North Park Place, Painesville Ohio 44077.


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