Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Man pleads guilty to shooting golfer who broke window at his home

53-year-old Jeff Fleming, of Reno, Nevada, entered a plea of guilty to battery with a deadly weapon. Fleming was accused of shooting a golfer who broke a window at his home with a golf shot that went astray.

According to prosecutors, the golfer couldn't find his ball on the 16th hole and was about to take a drop shot when Fleming approached him with a shotgun and fired a shot. The golfer was treated for minor injuries to his arm and both legs at the local hospital.

The deputy district attorney said he was unsure of what motivated the shooting and added that Fleming had no felony criminal record and was legally permitted to own the gun. He also added that if you "live on a golf course you've got to expect your house to get hit every once in a while. This shooting is one of those stories that you can't make it up."

In exchange for the guilty plea prosecutors dropped the assault with a deadly weapon charge. Fleming will be sentenced in December. He faces from probation to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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