Man sentenced for pulling gun on teens he believed to be in gang

Man sentenced for pulling gun on teens he believed to be in gang
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A 22-year-old man convicted of attempted robbery was sentenced Monday in Whitman County Superior Court to the maximum sentence of 31 months in the state prison.

The plea came after the prosecutor agreed to not seek extra prison time due to Marquise Leonard’s use of a firearm in the incident.

Leonard has been in custody since his arrest by a SWAT team on February 2. Leonard was arrested at his apartment on College Hill in Pullman, after he pointed a pistol at three young men in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

The men said they didn’t know Leonard, and that they had been walking to their apartment while carrying red bandanas hanging out of their pockets. They were confronted by Leonard, who pointed a pistol at them and demanded they throw their bandanas to the ground. The men did and left.

Leonard thought the young men were in a gang. However, the young men turned out to not belong to a gang but instead were recent Pullman High School graduates who sometimes carry bandanas.

“Fashion isn’t a crime,” said Prosecutor Denis Tracy. “Folks shouldn’t worry about what they are wearing around here. But pointing a gun at someone and robbing them of their property is a violent crime, and Mr. Leonard will spend some time in prison as a result.”