Lexington restaurant owner convicted of killing wife’s lover dies days into prison term

Gregorio Leon Iii Photo From Lexington County Detention Center

Image: Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office

Richland Co., SC (WOLO) — Convicted killer and Midlands restaurant owner ,Greg Leon, has died in prison.

The SC Department of Corrections Tweeted the following statement: ‘Inmate Gregorio M. Leon, 56, died at a local hospital late last night. Leon was found unresponsive in his cell at Kirkland shortly after lunch yesterday. The death is being investigated as a suspected suicide.’

According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections Leon was found hanging in his cell around 12:30pm Friday. Lifesaving measures began immediately and he was taken to the hospital where he died shortly before midnight. Corrections officials say Leon had a cellmate but he was alone at the time. An autopsy will be performed.

Saturday morning Leon’s attorney Eric Bland tweeted that Greg Leon died just before midnight Friday night.

Leon is the Lexington restaurant owner convicted last week, in the 2016 Valentine’s Day murder of his wife’s lover.


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