Rep. Tim Leonard jailed for 14 days for contempt of court

The Evergreen Republican was sentenced Friday after being held in contempt in September.

DENVER (AP) — State Rep. Tim Leonard has been sentenced to two weeks in jail for contempt of court stemming from schooling decisions involving his children.

The Evergreen Republican was sentenced Friday after being held in contempt in September by Magistrate Marianne Tims, who says Leonard tried to opt a child out of a standardized test and refused to allow one of his kids to use a tablet computer at school.

Leonard’s ex-wife has the sole authority to make educational decisions involving their children.

His attorney, Sharon Liko, says “he’s going to man up and deal with the sentence.” She adds it’s a common issue when one parent has sole decision-making power and the other does not.

Leonard was appointed to the state House after Jon Keyser stepped down to run for U.S. Senate. Leonard won election last month.