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http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=5455635&nav=5kZQ
September 25, 2006

Thomasville -- A close call with a burglar's bullet a few months ago prepared Jimmy Washington to defend himself and his Southside Foods store in Thomasville. Over the weekend, a burglar struck again, but this time he didn't get away.

Neighbors near Southside Foods were surprised to hear its owner was bold enough to take justice in his own hands when someone broke in. "I was very much shocked to hear what happened, because I couldn't believe that he shot him, or whatever," said Neighbor Precious Smith.

Owner Jimmy Washington who spoke with us off camera said he was watching TV inside his home, which is connected to the store, around 3:00AM Sunday, when he heard a noise.

Washington called police then decided to check his store. "He actually heard something happening, like glass breaking, so he goes to investigate. He had his gun [a pistol] with him and he goes to the store," said Thomasville Police Sgt. Ricky Singletary.

It was in the tiny area near the store's front door that the intruder brushed Washington's right leg that's when he fired. "He was shot in the leg, the liver, and one of the bullets is in his lung," said Singletary.

Fifteen minutes, later police found 22-year-old Terrance Smith on a nearby porch. He's charged with burglary.

Georgia law allows you to defend your property, so Singletary said that no charges will be levied against Washington.

"He had to protect himself, this is his home, his home is part of the store so he had to do what he had to do, I mean I feel bad for him because his life was at stake," said Precious Smith.

While some have called Washington a hero, he wants no part of that. He told us he just wants to feel safe inside his home and store.

Terrance Smith remains hospitalized. He was released from jail earlier this month after serving 16 days for burglary.
 

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I caught that too, maybe his stay will be a bit longer this time.
 

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...its owner was bold enough to take justice in his own hands when someone broke in.
What justice? It should be that he was bold enough to defend himself and home when someone broke in.
 

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Since when is it reasonable to give someone 16 days for burglary? That is messed up! This judge should be voted down!
You have to let some people out early to make room for the evil pot smokers and others in the war on drugs.
 

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war on drugs

If simple posession of drugs was no longer a criminal offence, there would be plenty of room in our jails and prisons for the real criminals. Vote against those politicians who are pushing the "war on drugs".

People who toke do not get violent, they just get mellow and get the munchies. People who rob, steal, rape and kill should be in prison, not people who just want to feel better. And, no I don't do drugs. I just think it's stupid to waste as much time and money as we do persecuting those who do.
 
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