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Defense lawyer: Reno man tried to scare, not shoot, golfer who hit home with errant ball

A Reno man has been placed on probation and fined $1,000 for shooting a golfer whose errant ball broke a bedroom window at his home.

Jeff Fleming was put on probation Thursday for up to five years at a sentencing hearing in Washoe County District Court.

The 53-year-old Fleming faced as much as 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine after he earlier pleaded guilty to a felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon.

Fleming's attorney, Larry Dunn, said Thursday his client fired his shotgun at the golfer from some 50 yards away in an attempt to scare him, not injure him.

The unidentified golfer was treated at a hospital for minor injuries to an arm and both legs.