Murdered woman’s son sentenced to life in prison
July 19, 2012
The schizophrenic man accused of killing his father and three others at an auto junkyard in Santa Maria in 2008 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Leeds told the court he had not taken medications prescribed to him for bi-polar schizophrenia before the shootings. He, however, has stood by his claim that his father Robert Leeds and the other three victims were part of a drug cartel that smuggled marijuana from Mexico to the United States. He contends he feared for his life.
Leeds is the son of Sharon Ostman, a homeless woman who was murdered in downtown San Luis Obispo in July 2005.
Ostman’s half-naked body was found partially submerged in San Luis Obispo Creek. She had been beaten, sexually assaulted, and murdered. She was 59.
Leeds shot and killed four men on the same day a judge determined Freddie Lewis should be tried for the murder of the younger Leeds’ mother. Lewis pleaded no contest and was sentenced to life in jail.
When Robert Leeds was interviewed in 2005 by a reporter now with CalCoastNews.com regarding the Ostman murder, he lamented over the effect his ex-wife’s killer’s trial would have on their four children. He also said that Ostman and two of their children suffered from schizophrenia.