JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Republican State Rep. Tim Leonard was sentenced to 14 days in jail for contempt of court on Friday. Leonard represents House District 25 in the Evergreen area.
Leonard is the first sitting Colorado lawmaker in at least 40 years to be sentenced to jail time.
Supporters say it’s an overreach by the judge, who believed Leonard was disrespectful to the court by violating child custody agreements.
Leonard was handcuffed by deputies after the court proceeding.
“It is my duty to protect the integrity of the House of Representatives, and it is troubling when a member does not uphold the law,” Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst said in a statement.
“It is absurd to imagine Rep. Leonard taking a seat on the House Education Committee, to which he was reappointed just last week by Minority.”
It is unclear if Leonard will resign from his seat. Leonard was appointed to fill the House District 25 vacancy in January.