A Lexington County man has been sentenced to 20 years for injuring an infant during a domestic violence assault, according to Eleventh Circuit solicitor Rick Hubbard.
Jason Leaphart, 27, of Leesville, received a combined sentence this week of 20 years on charges of domestic violence, unlawful conduct towards a child, and violating probation. Circuit Court Judge William P. Keesley. sentenced Leaphart to 10 years on the child abuse charge and a consecutive sentence of 10 years for violating his probation by committing the crime of domestic violence.
Investigators say a 3-month-old infant suffered bruising to the head when Leaphart assaulted the child's mother while she was holding the child. The assault occurred on the evening of May 13, 2017 at the family residence in Leesville, according to investigators.
Hubbard says Leaphart has a lengthy criminal record including convictions for burglary, assault & battery, receiving stolen goods, and most recently, intimidation of a court official in 2017. Leaphart threatened a previous probation agent who was handling his case, according to Hubbard.
“Domestic Violence remains a priority. Sending the message to abusers that they will be held accountable is the first step in protecting victims and diminishing these crimes within our community,” says Hubbard.
"This case illustrates why curtailing domestic violence must continue to be a priority in order to ensure the safety and well-being of both adult and child victims,” says Eleventh Circuit assistant solicitor La'Jessica Stringfellow, who prosecited the case.
Leaphart has been transferred to the S. C. Department of Corrections to begin immediate service of his sentence.