PORTLAND, Indiana — An Indiana man has admitted to breaking into the garage of a man who shot him as he fled the property.
David A. Bailey, 30, of Albany, pleaded guilty Wednesday to burglary and was sentenced to electronic home detention for three years, followed by three years of probation.
David McLaughlin fired shots at the intruder he saw fleeing his property the night of the break-in. One of the bullets struck Bailey in the left arm as he ran down a nearby alley.
McLaughlin, 32, was convicted of criminal recklessness resulting in serious bodily injury in the April 2014 shooting outside his home in Dunkirk, about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis. He was sentenced in November to 60 days in jail followed by four months of home detention.
During McLaughlin's trial last September, Bailey claimed someone else committed the crime and he was wounded as the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, The (Muncie) Star Press (http://tspne.ws/1HL2Pb5) reported.
On Wednesday, Bailey acknowledged that he initially lied to police about how he had been wounded, claiming he was shot when his dog knocked a loaded handgun off of a table.
Two firearm charges filed against Bailey, which were unrelated to the break-in at McLaughlin's garage, were dropped as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com