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Golfer who broke window gets 'shotgun finish'

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We've all heard of shotgun starts, but a golfer who broke a window on a house adjacent to a golf course had a 'shotgun finish' to his round.

According to The Associated Press, Jeff Fleming of Reno pleaded guilty to a felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon after allegedly firing a shotgun at the golfer on the 16th hole of the Lakeridge Golf Course in Reno in September 2012.

The golfer, who was not identified, broke a window in Fleming’s home and was attempting to hit his next shot after taking a drop. He was treated for minor injuries to an arm and both legs at a hospital.

Fleming, 53, is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 12. Penalties range from probation to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Deputy District Attorney Sean Neahusan said other residents along the golf course were stunned, because it's common for stray golf balls to hit their homes.

''Live on a golf course and you got to expect your house to get hit every once in a while,'' he told The Associated Press. ''This (shooting) is one of those stories that you just can't make it up.''

Neahusan said Fleming has expressed remorse and shock over his reaction to the broken window and apparently has no felony criminal record.

''I'm not sure what was going on, but from what I've read and heard, it definitely sounds out of character,'' Neahusan said.

In return for Fleming's guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and to go along with the Division of Parole and Probation's recommended sentence.

Police said the golfer and his partner ran away after the shot was fired and the victim didn’t immediately realize he had been hit. One or two shotgun pellets were removed from his body at the hospital.

The area around the 16th hole was evacuated after the shooting. Fleming drove to his attorney's office, where he surrendered without incident.