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Convicted Mass Murderer In Santa Barbara County Receives 100 Year Plus Sentence

Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 2:58pm

A mass murderer who shot to death four people at a Santa Barbara County auto salvage business has received a 100 years, to life sentence.

Lee Leeds shot to death his father, and three others at a Santa Maria auto salvage yard in March of 2008. Leeds admitted he was responsible for the killings, but entered a not guilty by reason of insanity. A Santa Barbara County Superior Court jury found that he was sane at the time of the killings, and responsible for his actions. He received a 25 years to life sentence today for each of the four killings.

During his sentencing, Leeds shocked people in the courtroom by claiming his father was trying to turn the business into a drug cartel operation, and that the killings were in self defense.

Family members of some of the murder victims called the Santa Maria man someone who killed like a coward, and will die in jail as a coward

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