Woman sentenced in police gun theft case

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The 19-year-old woman who stole weapons from a Homer Police Department officer in December was sentenced to 45 days in prison Tuesday.

Anastasia K. Leach pleaded guilty to a second-degree theft charge in March and was sentenced yesterday afternoon in superior court. Other felony charges against her were dropped.

Leach also faces two years probation and will be evaluated for substance abuse treatment needs.

"I don't really know what to say other than I screwed up," Leach said in a Kenai courtroom yesterday afternoon.

Leach's attorney Andrew Haas said alcohol triggered his client's mistake.

"This has been a wake up call for her. Clearly alcohol was a big component for Ms. Leach," Haas said. "She is an intelligent lady who has a lot of promise."

Leach's mother Marjo Cardon knows her daughter messed up.

"She screwed up. She's a great kid. She just hit a brick wall," Cardon said.

Homer police first arrested Leach for stealing a bag from Homer Police Officer Stacy Luck's personal car, a 2001 Honda Infiniti SUV, parked outside of Luck's home off East End Road in Homer. Homer police said the car was not locked in December. The bag held two Glock .40-caliber handguns and other equipment.

Police said Leach had been going through vehicles in the neighborhood looking for money and items to sell after her Dodge pickup truck ran low on gas.

In interviews with police, Leach said she had entered Luck's truck and stole the gear bag. She said she and a friend drove out East End Road, and the pickup ran out of gas near Mariner Drive. She said she panicked and threw the bag into trees off the side of the road.

While on patrol the afternoon of Dec. 15, Officer Luck found Leach's truck out of gas on the side of East End Road, which led to Leach's arrest.

Andrew Waite can be reached at andrew.waite@peninsulaclarion.com

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