Mr. Leonard was sentenced to Life without Parole on July 5, 2011. He will be the only inmate at the Utah State Prison who hasn't committed murder serving a true life sentence.
Shawn pleaded guilty to four first-degree felonies: Two counts of Aggravated Kidnapping, one count of Attempted Aggravated Murder and one count of Aggravated Robert.
Leonard attacked a 19 year old woman near the Provo River Trial, dragged her into some bushes, raped her and then bashed her face repeatedly with a large cinder block.
At the time, Leonard was part of a jail industries program through the Utah County Jail and had walked away from that program. After he left the scene of that attack, he went to the Riverwoods shopping area, in Provo, and robbed a woman at knife point and tied her up in a storage room.
The victim of the attack at the Provo river has endured numerous surgeries to her face and mouth. She will have double vision permanently from the attack. She remains optimistic and feels grateful to be alive, because doctors testified at Leonard's preliminary hearing that she was within minutes of death when she arrived at the hospital. She has a loving and supportive family that is helping her recover.
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Shawn Michael Leonard