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Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge

Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 4:53 pm
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By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike LeakeReds starter Mike Leake, arrested on theft charges earlier this month, plead guilty to a lesser charge of unauthorized use of property and will get 30 hours of community service and go into a diversion program, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay writes.

Leake explained his actions thusly (via video from FSOhio's Jim Day):

My side of the story is on April 2, I went in to purchase six shirts. They did not fit, wrong size. I proceeded to go to Macy's and exchange them on my own instead of talking to the clerk. I set six shirts down, got the correct sizes for myself, walked out and they stopped me. I see how boneheaded of a move it was, I was wrong and a sincerely apologize.

He called it a "serious lapse in judgement on my part."

Well, whatever you can get a judge to believe, I guess. It seems hard to believe a person would just think a store has a DIY exchange program, but if Cincinnati's judicial system buys it, that's all that matters.

Leake said he did have a credit card statement -- but no receipt -- proving he bought something at Macy's on April 2. When asked if it was the first time he had tried to return something in such a manner, he said, "not in this way."

Leake said he couldn't remember his exact thought process and why he tried to handle his own exchange, but he realizes the error of his ways. His community service will be figured out later, but will include work with a non-profit organization.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge

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Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:53 am
 

Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge




Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:51 am
 

Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge




Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:35 am
 

Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge

Doubt he'd lie about that to be honest.  They would have everything on tape anyway so we would know or macy's would know exactly went on.



Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:04 am
 

Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge

If you don't know how the legal system works, don't comment on it.  Even if he was a "regular" person, and he pled to the original theft charge, he still would have gotten a similar sentence.  First time petty theft offenders arent going to go to jail.  They pay a small fine and/or do some community service, thats just how it works. A diversion program is what anyone in this situation would have ended up.  In the words of Jim Calhoun, "Get some facts, and come back and see me."



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: April 30, 2011 7:38 am
 

Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge

What...a...liar!!!  This douche has a serious problem if he's made of the kind of money that you and I will never see, and he feels the need to steal freakin' T-shirts.  What kind of court allows him to plead to a lesser charge?  Please, NL pitchers, drill this klepto idiot every time he comes to bat.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: April 30, 2011 7:31 am
 

Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge

People stop being stupid the guy might be poor in the MLB $20 Million a season standards but he still has more money than all of you so why would he want to steal shirts from Macys?? This isn't saks were talkin about! Macys has shirts for 20 dollars. You gotta be kiddin me to think a guy would degrade his career for that amount come on now. Im not rich but i dont even shop at Macys because its to cheap for me and this guy definitely has more money than me so to think he would want some free shirts is ridiculous. 



Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: April 30, 2011 7:10 am
 

Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge

I believe him, I have to say it. I can see myself doing something like this if im really distracted or out of it and im usually one to jump on people when they have stupid excuses or lies to cover something up.



Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2011 3:37 am
 

Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge

I'm going to go with the belief that he was just drunk and was trying to exchange some shirts.  We've all been there.


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