03-26-2006, 02:31 AM #1
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Man Sentenced for Shooting at Toy Plane
By Associated Press
Fri Mar 24, 6:31 PM
CHELSEA, Mich. - A man has been sentenced to six months' probation for shooting at his neighbor's radio-controlled model airplanes with a shotgun.
David Nuttle, 41, of Washtenaw County's Webster Township, pleaded guilty to one count of malicious destruction of property worth less than $200, a misdemeanor.
Judge Richard Conlin of 14-A District Court in Chelsea sentenced him Thursday to six months of probation and 50 hours of community service. Conlin also gave him a 20-day suspended jail sentence, deferred as long as Nuttle complies with the conditions of his probation, which includes no alcohol or drugs and no contact with the planes' owner.
Nuttle also must pay $154 restitution and $550 in fines and court fees.
Nuttle used a .410-gauge shotgun to shoot at the planes. He said his shots hit only one plane, causing two tiny holes in it. The plane he is paying for crashed when the child who was operating it lost control of it after being frightened by the shots, Nuttle said.
Nuttle told the judge he regretted his actions.
"I felt I was defending my family and my property from these airplanes, and I called police several times," he said. "But I made a bad decision that day and I realize that."
Nuttle told The Ann Arbor News after the hearing that the planes have been a nuisance to his family, scaring his children, spooking his chickens and causing his goats to faint from exhaustion.
Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/aanews
03-26-2006, 02:52 AM #2Hall of Famer
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Re: You think you have problems......
Having lived in Michigan and travelled Southeastern MI extensively, I can tell you two things . . .
#1. In this area, this is NOT surprising. It is a beautiful small town with A LOT of farming, dirt roads, and KKK lovin' residences. I had black technicians that refused to do work out there. (yes, I know it is hard to believe this crap still exists). The Oklahoma Bombers buddy was from this general area. You'll find lots of US Government hating folks in this area too. They're not hard to miss with their big signs on their property.
#2. Up until recently, gunfire into the air at the 4th of July was very common - still is to a certain extent. Michigan is loaded with outdoorsmen and hunters. Heck, the City of Detroit has a fire watch every year on devils night (October 30th) to prevent houses from being burned down.
In short, ANYTHING that happens in Michigan doesn't surprise me. It's kindof a different world, and actually a great place to live.
Just don't point at your hand to show people where you live . . . please!
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03-26-2006, 03:20 AM #3
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