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A young teen learned that burglarizing a neighbor's home can be painful, as well as illegal and morally wrong. A resident of Green Pond, near Charleston, South Carolina, discovered a burglar entering through a bedroom window on November 24 and retrieved his gun to defend his home.

The Charleston Post and Courier reported that Colleton County deputies arrived and learned that the unidentified homeowner had fired his gun at the individual in the window, as the would-be intruder attempted to enter the home, but that the suspect had fled. Police found no suspects at the scene. Sheriff George Malone said an immediate connection was made later when a woman who lived nearby reported that her 15-year-old grandson had just been shot.

The boy was taken to Colleton County Regional Medical Center for treatment, and then was questioned by police. Malone said that following the interrogation, the 15-year-old boy, another 16-year-old boy, and an adult, Larry Speaks, 20, of Green Pond, were taken into custody and charged with second-degree burglary.

The sheriff's department indicated that there were no plans to file charges against the homeowner, who had acted in defense of his home.
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Title Annotation:EXERCISING THE RIGHT
Author:School, Alan
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5SC
Date:Dec 22, 2008
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