Reds pitcher Mike Leake on Friday had his legal charges reduced from theft to unauthorized use of property, and he was accepted into a diversion program. Leake this morning pleaded guilty in Hamilton County Municipal Court to the reduced charge. The theft is a Misdemeanor 1, and the reduced charge is a Misdemeanor 4. The diversion program will include 30 hours of community service and counseling. When Leake completes the diversion program, the case will be dismissed. Leake spoke to a large crowd of reporters Friday afternoon in the Great American Ball Park home dugout prior to the Reds-Florida game Friday night. Leake, 23, was arrested April 18 at the downtown Macy's and charged with theft, accused of stealing six T-shirts valued at $59.88. "I just need to apologize to the Reds, to the Castellinis, to Walt (Jocketty), to anyone in the office that I forgot, to the players and my family," Leake said. "I sincerely apologize to them for putting all this pressure on them and the drama that I've caused."
Red's Mike Leake has legal charges reduced
Cincinnati Enquirer | Apr 30