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Halfway man charged in connection with family threats

December 19, 2000

December 19, 2000

Halfway man charged in connection with family threats



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


A Halfway man was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Tuesday evening after allegedly threatening family members and police, according to records in Washington County District Court.

Ian Lawrence Leatherman's family called the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 12:21 a.m. Sunday for help with the out-of-control youth, court records state.

Leatherman, 20, was charged with being a minor in possession of ammunition and drug-related offenses, court records state.

Court records allege Leatherman possessed thyroid medication, prescribed for the family dog, that he was going to sell for drugs for himself.

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In Washington County District Court for a bond review hearing on Monday afternoon, Leatherman told Judge R. Noel Spence he was under a psychologist's supervision and was receiving counseling for a drug problem. Court records state Leatherman was being treated for depression.

"Number one, I never sold any of the pills. Number two, I don't remember anything that happened that night," Leatherman told Spence.

Then Leatherman told Spence he had successfully completed a rehabilitation program.

Spence said the program had not been successful if Leatherman was already relapsing.

Spence ordered Leatherman was being held on $5,000 bond. If Leatherman makes bond, Spence ordered probation prohibiting Leatherman from possessing a firearm.

When police arrived at the 11226 Marbern Road home early Sunday morning, Leatherman's brother, Charles, was sitting on top of Leatherman, who was yelling, court records allege.

In court records Charles Leatherman alleged his brother came home intoxicated, entered his room and began destroying everything.

Then he told Charles Leatherman and his father, Dennis, that he wanted to fight them and began struggling with Charles Leatherman, court records state.

Leatherman later made "threats of violence" against his brother and two deputies, court records allege.

Charles Leatherman told police he feared for his life and his father's if Ian Leatherman remained in the home, court records state.

Ian Leatherman also was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute a prescribed drug, and being intoxicated and endangering the safety of himself, his brother and his father, court records state. He also was cited for being a minor in possession of or having consumed an alcoholic beverage, court records state.

Police found a silver pipe tube with burnt marijuana residue inside, 20 veterinary pills identified as Soloxine, a smoking pipe, a baggie of marijuana, a roach holder, a razor blade with residue, a baggie of marijuana seeds and several rounds of pistol ammunition, court records state.

The ammunition consisted of two .38-caliber rounds, seven 9 mm rounds and one .4-caliber Smith and Wesson round.

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