Longmont Man Accused of Negligently Firing Shot Receives Deferred Sentence
A Longmont man accused of firing a shot at a stranger in his yard in May pleaded guilty to the charges against him Wednesday and was sentenced.
Steven Henry, 49, pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless and negligent discharge of a firearm, which he was summonsed on in June.
Henry was sentenced to a 12-month deferred sentence and 16 hours of community service, according to Catherine Olguin, spokeswoman for Boulder County District Attorney’s Office.
On the night of May 20, Henry thought he heard someone outside his 17-year-old daughter’s room , according to Longmont police.
Unsure of who it was, Henry armed himself with a handgun and went outside to confront the person. He thought he saw someone he didn’t know, and that the stranger was holding something in his hand, so Henry fired a round from his shotgun, according to police.
The stranger climbed over a fence and fled, and was never identified.
While Colorado has a Make My Day Law, state statute says that deadly force can only be used if the person has reasonable grounds to believe that he or she is in imminent danger, or if the other person appears to be about to use force.
According to Colorado courts records, Henry only has a record of traffic infractions.
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