Terry Joe Leggio – Convicted Baby Raper – Hiring hit man brings new charges


A convicted sex offender is accused of trying to hire a hit man. Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur says Terry Joe Leggio planned to pay someone to murder three young girls, their mother and a sheriff’s investigator. Terry Leggio lived with his ex-girlfriend and her children for two years. It was during that time, Leggio sexually assaulted the two girls. Leggio sat in court Monday afternoon, as a judge sentenced him to 50 years in prison for his crimes. Moments after the judge finished, Iowa Department of Criminal Investigators hit him with brand new charges.

Court documents show Leggio felt “he was wrongly convicted of his crimes and that his attorney was going to file for a new trial.” The papers show Leggio wanted the victims on his list to disappear, so they were “unable to testify (deceased) that a case and more importantly a conviction could not be made.”

Sitting in a tiny cell at the Pottawattamie County Jail, Leggio is accused of plotting a murder for hire scheme all from behind bars. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Sergeant Dwayne Riche is one of those people claimed to be on Leggio’s hit list. Court documents claim Leggio hired another inmate, referred to as a “Confidential Informant” in the documents, to help him carry out his plan. Sgt. Riche says it’s the inmate who told him Leggio wanted him dead. Sgt. Riche says, “He had relayed to me that the individual, Terry Leggio, was plotting or trying to conspire to have the victims disappear was the word he used and me killed.” Sgt. Riche continues to say, “He wanted me shot in the head or my truck blown up.”

According to court documents Leggio asked his mother, Susan Leggio, to help. Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur says a letter captured by the jail administration, “laying out some of the details. It was a letter that was written by Mr. Leggio to his mother.” Susan Leggio is being charged in connection with the murder plot. The papers show Susan was trying to find social security numbers of the potential victims. Susan Leggio has been booked in the Marshall County, Iowa jail.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the “Confidential Informant is currently awaiting sentencing on federal charges. The C.I. has stated that any assistance provided would be appreciated but that the thought of children being murdered after they were sexually abused by Leggio would have made him come forward in any event.”

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