Cass County Prosecutor Kevin Enyeart said he was not present during Leazenby’s arraignment but was briefed on it by Joseph Thieke, a county deputy prosecutor, who was handling the case.
Enyeart said probable cause for Leazenby’s three charges was determined during the arraignment and a court date was established for later on in the week.
Leazenby’s possession of methamphetamine charge would have come with a sentence of up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, if he was convicted.
Enyeart said he didn’t think Leazenby was on probation and court records accessible online through the Indiana State Court Administration do not indicate he was.
Upon hearing of Leazenby’s condition Monday, Enyeart said the prosecutor’s office made a request to the court that he be released of his own recognizance. The request was granted.
“Our office is extremely saddened by this turn of events,” Enyeart said. “Our heart goes out to the family.”
Pryor said there hasn’t been a suicide at the jail since he took over as sheriff in 2011.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him: @PharosMAK