Federal jury convicts Pollok man of driving into U.S. marshal

Rayford Leach mug shot courtesy of Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Rayford Leach mug shot courtesy of Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - BEAUMONT, Texas (Press release) –  A federal jury has convicted a 59-year-old Pollok, Texas man for assaulting a federal officer in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Rayford Elton Leach was convicted of assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon today following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, on June 8, 2009, Leach was wanted on a State of Texas parole warrant having been previously convicted of aggravated robbery in Harris County.  Officers from the Fugitive Task Force located Leach in Livingston at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 59 and Hwy 190.  Officers positioned their vehicles around the vehicle Leach was driving in an attempt to arrest Leach.  At this time, Leach put his vehicle in reverse, striking a Deputy U.S. Marshal and hitting another officer's vehicle.  Leach then drove forward attempting to flee.  The injured Deputy Marshal fired at Leach striking him once as Leach rammed a civilian's vehicle and a Polk County Sheriff's vehicle.  Leach was apprehended and transported to a Houston hospital for treatment.  The injured Deputy Marshal was treated and released from a Livingston hospital.

Leach faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

This case was investigated by U.S. Marshal's Service, the Texas Rangers, the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David H. Henderson, Jr. and Kerry M. Klintworth.