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Sergeant at Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department Charged with 7 Felonies for Alleged Assaults of County Jail Inmate

LANSING – Yesterday, Ronald Leggitt, 43, of Marshall, was charged with seven felonies for alleged assaults of a county jail inmate under his supervision at the Hillsdale County Jail in December of 2021, announced Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Leggitt was, at the time of the alleged assaults, employed as a Sargent by the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department. Leggitt has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

In the early morning hours of December 16th, 2021, a woman was brought into custody at the Hillsdale County jail, where Leggitt was supervising operations and staff. Staff at the jail were informed the woman had resisted officers during the arrest and during the booking process at the jail she continued to exhibit resistant and disruptive behavior. It is alleged that over the course of 80 minutes Leggitt assaulted the inmate six times with aerosol subject restraint, commonly known as mace or pepper spray, spraying the chemical irritant into her face from a distance of mere inches. During five of the six alleged assaults, the victim was secured in an emergency restraint chair; restrained in wrist and ankle cuffs as well as a chest restraint.

Leggitt is charged with one count of Misconduct in Office, a 5-year felony, and six counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, each count a 4-year felony.  

“Law enforcement officers have an obligation to protect the physical safety of those within their custody," said Nessel. “When their conduct stoops to criminality, we must take such allegations very seriously. My department prioritizes matters of public integrity and will continue to hold those who violate the rule of law accountable."

Leggitt is scheduled to be arraigned before Magistrate Kristen Olden in the 2A District Court in Lenawee County on Friday March 15th. The matter will be conducted in the Lenawee courts following recusals from the district and circuit court judges serving Hillsdale County.


Please note: For all criminal proceedings, a criminal charge is merely an allegation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Department does not provide booking photos.

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