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Frazee man sentenced after eluding police for years

A Frazee man who had eluded law enforcement authorities since 2008 was sentenced Wednesday in Becker County District Court, on felony charges of violating the predatory offender registration law and motor vehicle theft.

Larry Marshall Leach, 49, last known address 31348 County Highway 10 No. 16, Frazee, was ordered to serve 22 months in prison on the offender registration violation; the motor vehicle theft charge was dismissed. He was also fined $210, to be deducted from his prison earnings.

The charges against Leach stemmed from a September 2009 incident, when Leach failed to keep an appointment with his corrections agent, after being sentenced to probation for a January 2001 conviction on charges of second degree criminal sexual conduct. He was also required to register as a predatory offender at that time.

Repeated attempts to locate Leach after his missed appointment were unsuccessful; a man who had lent Leach his truck and a credit card for work purposes reported to authorities that the card had been used in South Dakota, and again in Lexington, Neb. Leach did not have permission to leave the area with the borrowed vehicle.

A warrant for Leach's arrest was issued on Dec. 29, 2008, but despite an attempt by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to locate Leach by sending out a news release highlighting him and other non-compliant predatory offenders, he continued to evade capture until March 11 of this year, when he was arrested and taken into custody.