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Midlands restaurant owner charged with murder

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Gregorio Leon has been charged with murder in Lexington Gregorio Leon has been charged with murder in Lexington
Tony Hall explains his encounter with Leon Tony Hall explains his encounter with Leon

By Raven Bouie

A well-known Midlands restaurant owner is behind bars, charged with shooting and killing a man at a commuter parking lot in Lexington.

Gregorio Leon, owner of several Mexican restaurants is charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Police say Leon told them he had shot a man in a park-and-ride off I-20 Sunday night. One woman was also present but she was not injured.

The police warrant states Leon told them he had shot his wife's lover in a phone call.  Leon turned himself into police a short time later.

Leon owns the San Jose Mexican restaurant on Augusta Road in Lexington among others. Across the street from the restaurant is Tee Top barber shop where owner Tony Hall says he has known Leon for about seven and a half months.  Hall says he did not notice anything unusual about him.

"I've cut his hair a couple of times, ate at his restaurant and he seemed to be a pretty nice guy," said Hall.

You may remember Leon from the investigation of former Lexington sheriff James Metts last year.  The Federal investigators said Leon hired sixty illegal Mexican workers and paid Metts to keep the workers from being jailed. Leon was sentenced to probation but no jail time because his evidence helped lead to Mett's guilty plea.

Metts was found guilty of accepting the money and went to jail.

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