Homeowner Shoots Golfer after Errant Ball Breaks Window, Gets Probation

Monday December 16th, 2013

reno Police Photo

Although one would assume that a man living by a golf course would accept some broken glass, that was not the case for 53-year-old Reno man Jeff Fleming. After a wayward shot came sailing through his window last September, Fleming promptly responded by grabbing his shotgun and shooting the offending golfer. (You know, as one does.)

Weirdly, Fleming emerged from the ensuing legal proceedings with just five years' probation and a $1,000 fine. Wait, what now? That's the cost of shooting somebody with a shotgun? How does that work?

Well, Fleming's attorney made the apparently convincing argument that his client, an "outstanding citizen," had merely intended to fire a warning shot, but missed. Seems like a distant cousin of the Chewbacca defense.


Reuters AP
SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.