Leland Chapman

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Leland Chapman
Leland Blane Chapman

(1976-12-14) December 14, 1976 (age 41)
OccupationBusiness owner, bounty hunter
Bail bondsman
Television personality
Years active2004-present
Spouse(s)Maui Chapman (m. 1995-2005)
Jamie Pilar Chapman (m. 2016)

Leland Blane Chapman (born December 14, 1976 in Groom, Texas) is an American bail bondsman and bounty hunter, known as one of the stars of the A&E Network reality television program Dog the Bounty Hunter. He also starred in the Country Music Television television documentary Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.[1]

Early life[edit]

Leland Blane Chapman was born as son of Duane Chapman Sr. and his first wife, La Fonda Sue Darnall (née Honeycutt). Duane Lee is his brother.

Chapman spent his early years in Pampa, Texas, but during his teen years, moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a teenager Chapman ran away from home, began skipping school and joined a gang. Unable to handle him any longer, his mother put him in foster care and he was placed in a boys care home at 13. He was given the choice go back into foster care or go live with his father and he chose to live with his father.[2]

At seventeen, Chapman began training in boxing and mixed martial arts with the help of his good friend Sonny Westbrook (who has appeared many times on Dog the Bounty Hunter).[3]


Chapman started out working for his father at their family's bail bonds company, Da Kine Bail Bonds. Other family members working for the company include Beth Chapman (née Smith; Dog's current wife), Duane Lee Chapman, Leland, and "Baby" Lyssa Chapman (Dog's daughter/Leland's half-sister), among others. On September 14, 2006, Leland Chapman was arrested along with Duane "Dog" Chapman and Tim Chapman by U.S. Marshals at the request of the Mexican government and was to be extradited to Mexico to face charges of "deprivation of liberty". The charges stem from an incident in which they were chasing fugitive and serial rapist Andrew Luster, the Max Factor Cosmetics heir. They captured Luster on June 18, 2003 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Shortly after the capture, the three were themselves arrested by Puerto Vallarta police officers; the three posted bail but never returned to Mexico for their court hearing on July 15, 2003.[4] They were released from custody on bail; Leland and Tim Chapman's bail was set at $100,000 each, while Dog's was set at $300,000. They faced an extradition hearing to Mexico, under the terms of treaties between the United States and Mexico.[5] On the August 4, 2007 episode of Larry King Live, it was announced that the Mexican government had dropped the charges filed against the three bounty hunters.

Chapman, along with his brothers, Duane Lee and Wesley Chapman, formed Chapbros Media. The company launched an iPhone, iPod Touch and website talent contest application called, "Show Off".[6] The company is no longer in business (blog has not been updated since 2009).[7]

The March 21, 2012 episode depicted Duane Lee telling Beth, "You want me fired, you gotta fire me," after which Chapman stated that he was quitting too. In 2012, the two brothers publicly stated that they left the show. In a tweet from Beth she wrote, "It will take 6 weeks to get thru the whole thing tonight's jus [sic] the beginning".[8]

Since leaving the show Leland Chapman operates his own bail bond company, Kama'aina Bail Bonds on the Big Island of Hawaii and runs his father's business, Da Kine Bail Bonds in Oahu. He previously headed Bounty Hunter Tactical Supply Co. after Duane Lee moved to Florida.[9]

In April 2013, Duane "Dog" Chapman's new television show, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, debuted on CMT. The show features Dog, Beth, and Leland traveling across the country giving bail bondsmen business advice and assisting them with bounties. The pilot episode featured Chapman and Dog working together for the first time since the split in 2012.

Leland moved from Hawaii and is in mainland USA at Alabama since 2015. He resides with wife, Jamie P. Chapman whom he married in 2016 and is still working as a bail agent.[10]


  1. ^ Bibel, Sara. "'Dog And Beth: On The Hunt' to Premiere Sunday, April 21 on CMT". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Dog the Bounty Hunter - Netflix".
  3. ^ "The controversial reality of Dog the Bounty Hunter".
  4. ^ "'Dog' collared for jumping bail in Mexico". CNN. September 15, 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-21.
  5. ^ Kobayashi, Ken; Lum, Curtis (September 16, 2006). "'Dog' freed on bail, says he'll be cleared". Honolulu Advertiser.
  6. ^ "Chapbros Media Webpage".
  7. ^ "Chapbros Media".
  8. ^ Lawson, Catherine (2012-03-22). "'Dog The Bounty Hunter': Did Leland And Duane Lee Quit The Business, Or Were They Fired?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  9. ^ "Duane Lee Chapman, Leland Chapman, Leave Dog the Bounty Hunter". LALate.com. March 21, 2012. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  10. ^ "Leland Chapman shares a photo of his stunning wife, revealing how much he loves her".

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