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Four years in prison for officer's death

Four years in prison for officer's death

(Painesville) - It's a four year prison term for Scott Leland. He was driving drunk in Willoughby last September on Harmony Lane when he pulled his pick-up truck infront of the police cruiser driven by Willoughby officer Jason Gresko.

The 32-year-old Gresko swerved to avoid a collision with Leland and fatally slammed his car into a tree. Leland was driving drunk at the time with a blood-alcohol level of .14.

Leland was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Officer Gresko was responding to Lake West Hospital to assist with an unruly patient.

Police Chief Jack Beckwith says, "The Willoughby Police Department has endured one of the most devastating blows a police department can. The members of the Willoughby Police Department have conducted themselves professionally throughout. When an officer is lost in the line of duty due to the deliberate act of a criminal it gives his fellow officers someone to focus some animosity toward, a direction for their anger. I think the reality of this case is that it weighs on everyone knowing that this is devastating to families on both sides. No sentence can change what is done, but there is some closure for the Gresko family and the Willoughby Police Department."

Leland was also given a ten year license suspension, three years probation and a $1,000 fine.

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