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Indiana man sentenced in shooting of intruder

November 6, 2014

An eastern Indiana man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for firing gunshots that wounded an intruder who was fleeing his property.

A Jay County judge also ordered four months of home detention for 32-year-old David McLaughlin of Dunkirk during a court hearing Wednesday. A jury convicted McLaughlin in September of criminal recklessness for the April shooting.

The Star Press reports testimony indicated McLaughlin fired three gunshots at a man he believed had broken into his garage. One shot hit the 29-year-old man in the arm.

Judge Max Ludy said he found McLaughlin's firing of a gunshot in the direction of a neighbor's home especially reprehensible.

McLaughlin said he prayed no one was hit by his gunshots and that he never wanted to hold a gun again.

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