In case you’ve forgotten already, Wednesday was February 29th. That once-a-quadrennial day is sort of like a bonus. A freebie. Like a three paycheck month. A day to do something you normally wouldn’t just because you can. Of course, some people’s leap day plans aren’t as lofty as they might be. Justin Anthony Stephens, who had no criminal history, figured his extra day would be well spent invading someone’s home with a friend and doing God only knows what while he’s inside. Unfortunately for him, his plans were spoiled and now we know exactly what he’ll be doing on February 29, 2016. And every leap day thereafter . . .
newstimes.augusta.com has the story:
Stephens and an unidentified accomplice knocked on the door of Bruce Barrett’s Petersburg Square apartment at about 7:30 p.m., sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. When Barrett cracked the door, the two men dressed in black wearing bandanas over their faces forced their way inside and struggled with Barrett and his 15-year-old son.
“The 15-year-old broke free, retrieved his father’s .22-caliber rifle and fired at least two shots,” Morris said, adding that Stephens was shot in the back.
Stephens was found on the ground just outside the apartment, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Morris said Stephens doesn’t have a Columbia County criminal history.
Young Master Barrett hit Stephens twice and will face no charges as the shooting’s been ruled a justifiable homicide. The second home invader beat feet and hasn’t been caught yet.
Two shots from a lowly .22. No blast from a Benelli or bullets from a Bushmaster. All it took for the kid to defend himself and his parents was a couple of rounds from what most people think of as a plinker. Go figure.