Former Law Officer Sentenced to up to 40 years


A former Plymouth County law enforcement officer was sentenced to up to 40 years in prison Thursday. Aaron Leusink pleaded guilty to ten counts, including burglary, theft, possession of controlled substances, including prescription drugs, and felonious misconduct by a law officer.
Presiding Judge Roger Sailer heard victim witness statements from Leusink’s wife and pastor, from the former and current Plymouth County Sheriffs, the department’s chief deputy, and two people whose home and business were burglarized by Leusink.
Judge Sailer sentenced Leusink to 25 years in prison on one count of felony burglary, 10 years on a second burglary count, and 5 years for felonious misconduct, all to be served consecutively. There were eight other counts of burglary, theft, and possession of prescription drugs.  The prison terms for these charges will be served concurrently. The prison term could be reduced by up to half on good behavior.
Leusink was involved in a series of pharmacy and residential thefts in Plymouth County that dated back to 2017. At the time, Leusink was a deputy with the Plymouth County Sheriffs Department. Leusink was arrested in September, 2020, by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. He was fired in April of that year.