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Golf Balls, Shotguns & Broken Windows: Who Would Live on a Golf Course?

A Nevada man shot at a golfer whose wild golf ball smashed his window. Jeff Fleming of Reno pleaded guilty to battery with a deadly weapon on Thursday in Washoe County District Court and faces from probation to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine when he's sentenced on Dec. 12.

The golfer was unable to find his ball and was doing a drop shot on the 16th hole of the Lakeridge Golf Course in September 2012 when Fleming approached and fired a single shot at him with a shotgun, prosecutors said. He and his partner fled the scene and it was only when he stopped he realised he had been hit. Doctors treated minor injuries to an arm and both legs at a hospital, removing one or two shotgun pellets.

Neighbours were stunned at the event as it is common for stray golf balls to hit their homes.

"Live on a golf course and you got to expect your house to get hit every once in a while," said one. "This (shooting) is one of those stories that you just can't make it up."

Fleming, 53, expressed remorse and shock over his reaction to the broken window and in return for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop an assault with a deadly weapon charge and to go along with the Division of Parole and Probation's recommended sentence.

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