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Former police captain pleads guilty
Herkimer, N.Y. - Michael Leach took a plea deal Wednesday, lessening an original second-degree murder charge to criminally negligent homicide.
The 61-year-old former Rochester police captain admitted he shot and killed his son in a motel room they were sharing back in July of 2012. Leach said he thought his son was an intruder.
According to documents read by the prosecution and defense Wednesday, he pleaded guilty.
In court, 13WHAM learned Leach slept with a loaded gun by the entrance of his home for years, in fear of an intruder.
At one point, he did fire the weapon in his sleep. No one was hurt that time.
Leach said he had a recurring dream of an intruder entering his home, a figure wearing dark clothing. He said he was having that dream the night he shot and killed his son.
"You couldn't put him in jail for the amount of time, for enough time," said defense attorney Joe Damelio. "He's put himself in his own personal jail. There's not much else that can be done to him."
Leach remained out on bail until his sentencing in August. He's looking at six months in Herkimer County Jail and five years of probation.