On Friday February 26, 30-year-old Leshawn Stanbridge’s federal drug conviction was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals. Stanbridge, a Quincy resident, pleaded guilty to drug charges and was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison in July of last year. Now, after serving 23 months behind bars, he has been released.
Two Quincy police officers were on patrol in April of 2014 when they claim they saw Stanbridge carrying a duffel bag as he walked to his vehicle, allegedly hesitating when he saw the two officers and acting suspicious. The two officers, Steve Bangert and Paul Hodges, then began to “shadow” Stanbridge according to news reports.
As the officers followed, Stanbridge put on his right turn signal and pulled to the side of the road. The officers pulled in behind the suspect, as Hodges said that Stanbridge had made a left-hand turn at an intersection without signaling. In Illinois, motorists are required to activate a turn signal for 100 feet prior to making a turn. While Hodges said Stanbridge did not signal, Bangert claimed he did not witness the traffic violation.