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Charges Dropped Against Man Who Shot Drunken Intruder

Prosecutors have officially decided not to press charges against James Parsons for his role in a December shooting, deciding that Colorado's so-called "Make My Day" law justified his use of deadly force in defense of his home.

According to The Gazette, on the night of Dec. 22, James Parsons and his girlfriend were relaxing inside his Colorado home when they heard a truck pull up. The man inside the vehicle, 22-year-old James Kennedy, then proceeded to get out of the truck, wander to the back of the house, smash open a window and begin to unlock the deadbolt. That's when Parson's opened fire, shooting Kennedy two times in the arm and torso with a revolver.

Investigators later determined that Kennedy, who lived a block away from Parsons, had been drinking heavily and mistakenly believed he was breaking into his own home. Police were unsure whether charges should be filed against Parsons and had sent the case to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office for a full review.

"A reasonable person in those circumstances would have believed that [Kennedy] was going to do a crime against them or their property, "said District Attorney Dan May in a press conference explaining why his office had decided not to file charges against Parsons.

After sustaining multiple gun shot wounds Kennedy is reportedly recovering well.



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