EXCLUSIVE: Alleged junkyard shooter of four is son of murdered SLO woman

March 20, 2008

Lee Isaac Bedwell Leeds, arrested this week for the shooting deaths of four people at a junk yard in Santa Maria, is the 31-year old son of Sharon Ostman, a homeless woman murdered in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Ostman’s half-naked body was found partially submerged in San Luis Obispo Creek July 11, 2005. She had been beaten, sexually assaulted, and murdered. She was 59.

Leeds reportedly shot and killed four men, including his father, Robert Leeds, at 4 p.m. at his father’s Black Road Auto junkyard in Santa Maria on the same day a judge was deciding if freddie Lewis should be tried for the murder of the younger Leeds’ mother.

On Wednesday, Judge Michael Duffy found there was enough evidence to move forward with the case against Lewis.

When Robert Leeds was interviewed in 2005 by a reporter now with UncoveredSLO.com regarding the Ostman murder, he lamented over the effect Ostman’s murder would have on their four children. He also claimed Ostman and two of their children suffered from schizophrenia.

Then an instructor at Hancock College, the elder Leeds expressed frustration at not being able to compel the mentally ill to undergo treatment if they have not been found to be a danger to themselves or others.


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By: Anonymous on 8/9/08 [Delete]

I can't believe the time spent on this thread was rambling about Dave some one and left wing hippies instead of the SCOOP…. Mental Illness is not treated in this county until it is too late. The little money that was spent on helping the mentally ill homeless at Mental Health, was taken away last year, by the TERMINATOR, our governer. I vaguely remember something like this occurring when our last right winged actor governor closed the institutions and set free the mentally ill. The resposibility went to the local governments. Unforetunately, the sick mentally ill are on their own. The left wing claims to protect them by giving them rights and making it too difficult to help any one who can't or chooses not to help themselves, until onday they do hurt some one other than themselves. I asked pschiatrist what I can do to make a difference. Basically the answer was nothing. Not until the people in control of the funds had a tragedy like the family of Sharon Osterman, Ostman? (Sorry about the spelling), and they are effected directly. Until then our mentally ill sleep under bridges or wonder the streets yelling to some auditorial hallutionation. Let's talk about that. Not media bickering.

By: Anonymous on 4/2/08 [Delete]

Knock it off, Cal Poly Paul, or I'll come over there and kick your ass.

By: Anonymous on 4/1/08 [Delete]

I'm sorry. I was mistaken. I didn't mean your wife.


By: Anonymous on 4/1/08 [Delete]

To How Funny,

Believe me, I've got a pretty good life already. If you don't believe me, ask your wife!

And remember — we don't want to censor comments, do we?????

By: Anonymous on 4/1/08 [Delete]

When weak minded people disagree they always call for the censor!

Open a book, go back to school, make something of your life. Big brother really isn't watching. So if you see him, go see a doctor fast!

By: Anonymous on 4/1/08 [Delete]

If someone wants a "more relevant" issue discussed, why doesn't he just bring it up himself rather than complain about the interests and commentary of others?

Why not approach this proactively, instead of repressively?

If you have something "relevant" to say, just say it! If it strikes a chord with others, fine. If not, so be it.

By: Anonymous on 4/1/08 [Delete]

Hmmm. Interesting thought. Point is, the comments never really got too relevant on the real issue here. So whaddya gonna do?

By: Anonymous on 4/1/08 [Delete]

Hey Blackburn —

Shouldn't you be monitoring these comments? You've allowed this thread to go off into all sorts of irrelevant paths.

By: Anonymous on 4/1/08 [Delete]

At behest of their egos, many folks would rather be hated than ignored. It is a disease running rampant.

By: Anonymous on 4/1/08 [Delete]


I feel the hate.

By: Anonymous on 3/31/08 [Delete]

Nice story Paso Guy. Guess you dont have any words of your own? But what the hell does that have to do with a 10 Trillion dollar debt? I bet those soldiers would love to have a country to come back too when they are done with there service. You Neocons LOVE to tell the rest of us about your patriotism and criticize ours. But the facts are Bush is killing the economy, killing the Vets Rights and killing are soldiers. And YOU support that! I love my country as much as you do maybe even more. I believe we dont need to fight other peoples wars at the expense of our citizens. Especially made up wars! But like a friend told me today. You cant expect to change the minds of crazy people. Like I said thanks for living in Paso with the rest of your cult.

By: Anonymous on 3/31/08 [Delete]

That teacher story sounds like the things the Nazi's did to indoctrinate and militarize children in Germany prior to invading other countries.

There are many worthwhile things, besides being in the military, that people do to help the health and welfare of the United States and its citizens, and the people of the world.

You don't need to wear a uniform to be a hero.

And heroes don't have to pull publicity stunts in the classroom to get children to believe in them.

By: Anonymous on 3/31/08 [Delete]

Dear Delivered:

A good lesson

If anyone questions whether this is true or not, send them to this link:


It is true. Kudos to the teacher.

A Lesson That Should Be Taught In All Schools

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a! social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten.

On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

Looking around, confused, they asked,

'Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?'

She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me what you have done to earn the right to sit at a desk.'

They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'

'No,' she said.

Maybe it's our behavior.' She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom.

Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall.

By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'

By the way, this is a true story.

If you can read this, thank a teacher.

Since you read it in English, thank a soldier

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