Friday, October 01, 2010

CO: Woman acquitted of fatal shooting: "His hands wrapped like a boxer’s before a fight, Joseph Jiles screamed at Velma Gilbert and her daughter, threatening to kill them both. As she tried to protect her daughter, Gilbert believed her volatile 20-year-old grand nephew — enraged at her daughter for saying he had AIDS — would make good on his repeated threats. He often carried a pistol and Gilbert knew that this day at the Elmwood Park Apartments, where Jiles had gone to confront her daughter, he was likely armed. So was she. When Jiles, whose father was holding him back during the tirade, tried to break free from his father’s grasp and attack Gilbert and her daughter, Gilbert raised her .45 caliber pistol and shot Jiles between the eyes... The jury on Tuesday acquitted Gilbert of all the charges against her stemming from Jiles’ June 2009 death."

GA: Homeowner, 84, Shoots Suspected Thief: "A home invasion suspect, shot late last night by an 84-year-old man, is being held without bond this morning in the Fulton County jail. WSB's Richard Sangster reports, the elderly homeowner told DeKalb County police he was awakened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday by the sound of someone breaking down the basement door of his house on Meadowbrook Chase in Stone Mountain. The unidentified man grabbed a gun from his night stand and confronted the suspect as he came up the stairs to the main level of the house. The homeowner fired three shots, striking the intruder once in the leg. The suspect, who left a trail of blood at the scene of the shooting, was taken into custody while seeking treatment for the gunshot wound at Grady Memorial Hospital. He's been charged with burglary."

Florida man who shot intruder with illegal gun gets no jail time: "A Naples man who shot and killed a teenage intruder on his property was sentenced to four years’ probation after he pleaded to a weapons charge Thursday. Sterlin F. Misener Jr. had faced a maximum 15 years in prison if convicted of the charge, possessing a sawed-off shotgun. Misener killed 19-year-old Patrick Hutchinson on March 20, 2009, after catching the teenager on his Willoughby Drive property around 4:30 a.m., exiting the nearby family camper. Misener told law enforcement he confronted Hutchinson with a shotgun and pulled the trigger when the teen lunged at him. Misener’s attorney, Jerry Berry, said his client’s actions were protected under Florida’s 2005 Stand Your Ground Law, which permits residents to use deadly force when in fear of death or great bodily harm."

WI: Gun rights group sues city and police chief: "Gun-rights group Wisconsin Carry is accusing the city of Madison and police Chief Noble Wray of violating the Second Amendment rights of five men. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday says officers violated the rights of five armed patrons at a fast-food restaurant by asking them to produce identification or face arrest. A woman called 911 on Sept. 18 after seeing the men’s holstered guns. Responding officers asked the men for identification. All five were eventually cited for disorderly conduct.”

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