Minnesota man who killed fleeing intruder will avoid prison

A Minnesota homeowner who killed a fleeing intruder won't go to prison and could stay out of jail under a plea deal.

Sixty-five-year-old David Pettersen, who lives near the town of Madelia, shot Nicolas Embertson on Jan. 28 as the 19-year-old from Madelia and two of his friends drove off after a failed home invasion.

Pettersen was charged with manslaughter but pleaded guilty in Watonwan County District Court this week to a lesser charge of discharging a firearm.

His attorney, Jim Fleming, told the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/2pErpM7 ) Thursday it was self-defense and they wanted to avoid the risk of a trial.

While the judge could sentence Pettersen to one year in the county jail, plus two years of probation, Fleming says he'll argue against jail time at sentencing July 11.


Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com