Ohio man avoids jail in burglar's death
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:16

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A man who fatally shot a burglar as he was running away from a southeast Ohio home won't be going to prison.

Prosecutors said Randy Richmond fired his .22-caliber rifle three times as neighbor Keith "P.J." Rutter fled into the woods after breaking into Richmond's mother-in-law's home June 20 in the Athens County town of Glouster.

The 39-year-old Richmond pleaded no contest Tuesday to reckless homicide and negligent homicide in the death of the 33-year-old Rutter, who was known to use drugs and burglarize homes in the area.

With the agreement of Rutter's mother, Richmond was given no prison time. He'll be in a diversion program for three years that requires monthly reporting. He also must perform 60 hours of community service and pay $1,000 toward Rutter's funeral.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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