Homeowner who shot burglar gets 5 years in prison

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 6 at 5:25 PM

CHEHALIS, Wash. - An Onalaska man who shot and killed a man who he thought was going to rob him will spend more than five years in prison.

Lewis County Judge Nelson Hunt sentenced Ronald Brady to the maximum possible sentence, 63 months.

A jury found Brady guilty of manslaughter last month.

"I think the jury missed this one," said Jack Tipping, a friend of Brady. "This is a great victory for burglars."

Brady shot and killed Thomas McKenzie in the middle of the night April 19, 2010.

Police said McKenzie and his wife came to rob the house.

Brady had been robbed repeatedly prior to the shooting.

That night he waited in his garage with a loaded rifle and when the McKenzies came up his driveway, Brady began shooting.

He shot at their car first, and when the couple pointed flashlights at Brady, he shot and killed McKenzie.

Johanna McKenzie, Thomas' wife, ran away from the home and was not injured.

Jonathan Meyer, Lewis County's prosecuting attorney said had the couple been in the act of stealing something, or had they been in Brady's garage, Brady likely would not have been charged with a crime.

Brady's attorney said his client was acting in self-defense.

"Rob really believed they had weapons and he was about to be killed," said defense attorney Don Blair.

The couple did not have guns.

McKenzie's family members made emotional pleas to the judge to give Brady the maximum sentence.

"There's no eternal life in heaven. For you, only hell," said Brady's sister, Colleen Walczak.

According to prosecutors, Brady never showed any remorse or regret for the shooting.

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