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Verona Homeowner Defends Self From Burglary

Earlier this week a 92 year old man from Verona, Kentucky defended himself and his dwelling from would-be burglars.  The man had been a target three times in the past month of burglaries.  On September 3, 2012 Earl Jones took his .22 caliber rifle and shot the intruders into his home.  Jones, a WWII Navy veteran said that he was not going to wait for them to kill him while authorities arrived. Kentucky passed a "right to defend" law in July, 2006. Under that law, in KRS 503.055 (1) a person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if: (a) The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcibly entering or had unlawfully and forcibly entered a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person's will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and (b) The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred. (2) The presumption does not apply if the person has a right to be in the residence, is a police officer, or is enforcing a custody order.  For the full text of exceptions, follow this link. Ryan Dalton, 22 and Donnie Inabnit, 20, both of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, are charged with Burglary 2nd degree (complicity) and Tampering with physical evidence.  Their accomplice, Lloyd Maxwell, 24 of Richmond, Kentucky was killed by the gunshot.  Boone County Sheriff said that they have no plans to charge Jones in this matter. If you have questions about your rights as a homeowner, or if you have been charged with a crime in Boone County, contact Michael Bouldin for a consultation at [email protected] or call 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE).

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