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Thursday, June 12, 2003

Happy Father's Day!

And a Happy Father's Day to Ronald Dixon of Canarsie, who you may remember from last February, busted for having an unregistered handgun used in self-defense. His status has been resolved, and everyone seems satisfied:

The Associated Press

June 10, 2003, 8:01 AM EDT

A Navy veteran who shot a burglar he caught in his baby's bedroom is getting three days in jail for using an unregistered firearm.

Ronald Dixon, 27, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Monday. The plea allows him to do time without carrying a criminal record.

Dixon was arrested after he shot Ivan Thompson, 40, who was going through the drawers in the 23-month-old toddler's room on Dec. 14. Thompson is in jail on burglary and trespassing charges.

...Dixon said he has respect for the state's laws and does not mind the three-day jail stint. Asked how he might change things: "I'd make sure I had a license first."

The AP story does mention that "Dixon's situation attracted widespread support", so I suppose we can offer props to Glenn and Rachel.

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