Man in Springfield Shooting Charged After Note Found
White River Junction — One of the men involved in the June 11 Springfield, Vt., shooting that injured a convicted drug dealer has been charged with writing a letter in jail to one of his accomplices in an attempt to have him change his statement to police.
Leon Jiggetts, 26, of Newark, N.J., is charged with attempted second-degree murder and three other felonies related to the shooting, in which police say Jiggetts — along with Jabbar Chandler, 33, of Charlestown, N.H., and Brandon Adams-Smith, 16, of Chester, Vt., — entered a Summer Street apartment and shot Joseph Atkinson, 19, of Springfield, Vt., and wounded two others.
On Tuesday, Jiggetts pleaded not guilty to a felony obstruction of justice charge in Windsor Superior Court.
Jiggetts and Chandler, who is charged with felony charges of trespassing and assault with a deadly weapon, were both ordered to be held without bail in Windsor Superior Court last month, and were sent to the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vt.
On June 15, a correctional officer intercepted a note written by Jiggetts that officers believe was intended to be passed along to Chandler. In the note, Jiggetts writes that the people involved need to change their stories and keep them consistent.
At the top of the first page, Jiggetts wrote instructions that the note should be ripped up and flushed after it is read.
According to a police affidavit, the three-page note opens with, “Bruh what are we going to do??? The lawyer said the only way we are getting out of here with no jail time if no one shows up to trial.” Jiggetts, who police allege shot Atkinson, goes on to say that no one has told authorities that they saw him shoot.
“I need the three of yall to say the police grabbed the wrong person. That I was never there. It matches with my story, I told them,” Jiggetts wrote, later adding, “It was another black guy that was the shooter he just kinda look like me. If the three of yall do that this case will get very weak.”
Jiggetts also wrote that he wants everyone to keep the same story and said some witnesses need to tell authorities that they will not testify in court.
Jiggetts goes on to say that “this mistake might cost me 20 years” as he is facing a prison sentence of up to 20 years to life for the attempted second-degree murder charge.
Jiggetts also provides contact information for his family and suggests that the two trade family contact numbers so they can communicate with each other. Jiggetts adds that an officer has already told him that they are listening to his calls and reading his letters, so they should talk in code.
“We are in this together and will make it out together,” Jiggetts wrote. “Just remember Bruh ... No Witness No case.”
Jiggetts has been convicted of numerous felonies in New Jersey, meaning that he is a habitual offender, and he could face an enhanced penalty of up to life in prison.
Jiggetts is being held without bail at the Northeast State Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury.
Authorities allege Adams-Smith and Alexander Jillson-Corbosiero, 18, of Springfield, Vt., were both accomplices to the shooting and are facing felony charges related to the case. Atkinson, the shooting victim, is also facing drug charges related to the incident.
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