NC prison guard arrested on weapon charge

From staff reportsMarch 21, 2014 

— A correctional officer at a Granville County state prison was arrested at her Raleigh home early Friday and charged with shooting at a man and with lying to a police officer about whether she had a service pistol in her home and had fired it at the man.

Jennifer Faye Leake, 23, was arrested at her Capital Club Court apartment about 5 a.m., according to arrest records, which say she is assigned to the Polk Correctional Institution.

Arrest warrants charged that Leake used a .32-caliber handgun to assault a man and that she resisted police “by lying” to Officer D.L. Brandenburg “about her duty weapon being in the house and firing the weapon.”

She was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and with resisting an officer.

The charges do not say if the incident happened at the apartment or elsewhere.

The man involved was not hurt, the charges indicate.

Leake works for the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice in the state Department of Public Safety. She was hired in January and is a trainee, department spokeswoman Pamela Walker said..

Department of Public Safety disciplinary policy states that an employee who is served with notice of violating the law, including being arrested, has to notify a supervisor within 24 hours or before the employee’s next shift.

Whether the department conducts an investigation when an employee is arrested is “handled on a case by case basis, and it would depend on the seriousness of the charge whether an internal investigation would take place,” Walker said.

The policy also states that an employee may be put on investigation status with pay for up to 30 days.

Granville is described as a “close supervision” facility, meaning inmates “need extra security but do not need the more stringent security of maximum custody.”

Leake was being held in lieu of $10,000 for a court appearance later Friday.

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