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The ABC affiliate out of Savannah, Georgia, reported on January 16 about a break-in that involved a suspect with a long rap sheet. WJCL.com reported that Kim Lyle and her children were at home at the time of the break-in. It was in the middle of the night, and Lyle and her children were fast asleep. Lyle was jarred from her slumber by the sound of her back door chimes, ringing downstairs. Lyle immediately knew that there was an intruder in her house, and she quickly retrieved her firearm. She went to the top of her stairs and shouted down, "I am armed. And I will shoot." She then ran to grab her phone and dialed 911. Lyle's warning appeared to have scared off the intruder, who fled. A suspect was apprehended on the balcony of a nearby carriage house by arriving police.

Lyle told WJCL that the break-in terrified her and that she was "shaking so bad. I mean someone was in my home, I was completely violated." Lyle told WJCL. com, "I would have definitely shot him before I let him come up the stairs to my kids." Within minutes, police arrived on the scene and discovered the suspect, 54-year-old Nathaniel Snowton, in the vicinity. Snowton was placed under arrest. Chatham County court records reveal that he has been arrested previously for both theft and burglary.

Lyle was furious when she learned that the suspect recently had been released after serving 12 months in prison. "He's not even been out of jail 30 days," she told WJCL.com. A clearly upset Lyle told WJCL that it is "not fair to the people that live here, that the system continues to process this man back onto our streets. He completely violated me and my space, and it's horrible for me and my children."

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Title Annotation:EXERCISING THE RIGHT; Nathaniel Snowton's attempted burglary
Author:Krey, Patrick
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5GA
Date:Mar 7, 2016
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