Former Rochester Police captain pleads guilty to criminal negligent homicide

Created: 06/04/2014 4:16 PM WHEC.com

A former Rochester Police captain charged with intentionally shooting his son has pleaded guilty to criminal negligent homicide.

Michael Leach was accused of intentionally murdering his son, Matthew, while the two were at a motel in Old Forge in July 2012. In February, a grand jury indicted Leach on a charge of second-degree murder. 

Leach and his attorney, Joe Damelio, maintained that Leach thought his son was an intruder in the room when he shot him. 

An offer to plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter was presented in August. Leach’s trial date had been delayed because of psychiatric evaluations. His trial was scheduled to start June 16.

Leach will be sentenced in August. He faces a sentence of six months in the Herkimer County Jail.

News10NBC/WHEC-TV welcomes your opinion and interaction on our website, but please remember to keep it clean. If you're advertising for another business, being profane, vulgar or slanderous your post will be deleted. By commenting on this website, you agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they posted.


32° | 27°
  • Feels like: 24° F
  • Wind: NW 12mph
  • Humidity: 66%
  • Sat Snow showers early
    27° | 15°
  • Sun Mostly sunny
    39° | 12°
  • Mon Windy, morning mix of rain and snow showers
    47° | 31°
  • Tue Chance of afternoon showers
    38° | 26°