Minnesota homeowner gets jail time for fatal shooting of teen burglar
By Jennifer Cruz
David Allen Pettersen, who fatally shot a teen burglar, breaks down in court as a reads a statement during his sentencing. (Photo: Mankato Free Press)
A Minnesota farmer who interrupted a burglary in progress at his rural Madelia home earlier this year was sentenced in Watonwan District Court Tuesday to 90 days in jail for the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old suspect.
David Allen Pettersen, 65, opened fire on three teens with a .45-caliber handgun after they attempted to break into his home on Jan. 28. Nicolas Thomas Embertson, 19, was struck by the gunfire and died not far from the scene.
Pettersen, who originally faced second-degree manslaughter, pleaded guilty to intentional discharge of a dangerous weapon, which is a felony. The manslaughter charge was dropped as part of a plea deal, but Pettersen will still be required to complete two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service, according to reports from local media.
The shooting unfolded after Pettersen awakened to the sound of someone on the balcony outside of his bedroom around 7 a.m. When he looked through a window, Pettersen saw Embertsen’s accomplice, 18-year-old Kyle Thomas Nason.
Nason jumped from the balcony, while Pettersen retrieved his gun and ran