Barney Creator’s Son Faces 15 Years in Prison for Shooting Neighbor

The son of Barney creator Sheryl Leach, Patrick Kearns Leach, faces 15 years in prison for shooting his neighbor back in 2013 Virginia Sherwood/NBC NewsWire

Clean up, clean up, cleaning up his mess? The son of Barney creator Sheryl Leach faces 15 years in prison for shooting his neighbor, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Patrick Kearns Leach has been charged with assault for an incident that took place at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2013. The Malibu resident, 29, drove onto his neighbor's property and accused him of trespassing at the time. The two began to argue, with Leach then firing his .45 caliber handgun several times. One bullet struck the 49-year-old man's chest, but he survived.

Leach was arrested at the scene. When police arrived, it was revealed that he was armed with more weapons and was wearing body armor. He will be sentenced on June 29.

Leach's mother created the PBS children's series Barney & Friends in 1992, which ran for five seasons. Other credits involving the kid-friendly purple dinosaur includes several video shorts and TV movies, such as It's Time for Counting (1998) and Barney: Clean Up, Clean Up! (2012).


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