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From Prisoner to Paralegal: Former Aurora Gang Member Now Crusades Against Gangs - Paralegals News

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Posted on: Jul 2, 2018

From the Chicago Sun-Times

In 1996, Leonardo Lechuga shot an Aurora police officer — just like his father did 22 years earlier.

Lechuga was 24, with a long rap sheet, when he wounded a cop during a car chase.

He and his family were in the Insane Deuces, a street gang with a reputation for violence. Now, he tours the country, speaking about the ills of being a gang member.

Lechuga, now 47 and living in Georgia, recently returned to Aurora, stepping into the police station for the first time since he was arrested for attempted murder nearly a quarter-century ago.

Brought in by school officials through his nonprofit organization Word in the Hood, he shook hands with an undercover gang officer before speaking with a roomful of Spanish-speaking parents about how to keep their kids away from guns, drugs, prison and death.

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This article was submitted by Lottie L. Wathen. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Paralegal Committee, please email Kara Sikorski at ksikorski@indybar.org.

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