Jason Latroy Leonard, 35, of McKinney has been sentenced to life in prison for a July 2011 sexual assault, according to a news release issued Thursday by Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
On July 11, 2011, Leonard and an acquaintance met the victim for the first time at her home in McKinney.
Two days later Leonard returned to the house by himself and offered to help out with things around the house, as the victim’s husband was out of town. When Leonard began talking about things that made the victim uncomfortable, she asked him to leave.
Leonard then brutally assaulted her. He punched her in the face, knocked her to the ground, dragged her by her hair, and assaulted her at knifepoint. Leonard also threatened to hurt the victim’s children, who were asleep in the house at the time.
The victim called a friend and went to seek medical treatment. At the hospital, McKinney police began their investigation. The victim gave a detailed description of the suspect and picked Leonard out of a photo line-up. She also told police that Leonard used his cell phone to record portions of the incident.
The day after the assault, McKinney Police Detective Randy Norton secured an arrest warrant for Leonard. With the help of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Leonard was taken into custody and his cell phone recovered. A forensic examination of the phone by the United States Secret Service recovered the deleted videos of the assault.
During the punishment phase, the jury learned of Leonard’s previous rape conviction, time in prison, his December 2009 release from prison, and that Leonard was living in McKinney as a registered sex offender before he raped the victim in this case.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Zeke Fortenberry and Lisa King, with the help of Investigator Mike Bennett. The Hon. Mark Rusch presided over the case.