Man pleads guilty to shooting his son

PERRY, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Village of Perry Police officer has pleaded guilty for shooting and killing his own son.

Michael Leach pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide Wednesday in Herkimer County. Leach and his 38-year-old son Matthew were sharing a motel room during a vacation in Old Forge in 2012 when Michael Leach shot Matthew.

At the time Leach said he thought he had shot an intruder.

He could receive a six-month jail term when he’s sentenced in August. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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