A man who was shot by a Valley Center homeowner as he attempted to break into the house was sentenced Friday to probation with an underlying sentence of 13 months, according to a news release from District Attorney Marc Bennett.
Corey Burgardt, 30, of Wichita, tried to break into the rural Valley Center house the morning of Nov. 30, after a night of drinking with friends by a riverbank, according to the release.
The homeowner’s daughter saw Burgardt trying to break out a kitchen window, the release said. The homeowner grabbed a pistol and fired once, grazing Burgardt in the forehead, according to the release. Burgardt was treated and released at a Wichita hospital.
Burgardt earlier this year pleaded guilty to a felony count of criminal damage to property and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass.
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His probationary period will last 36 months, and he must remain in an alcohol treatment program, according to the release. Burgardt was also ordered to pay $2,743 in restitution for the damage caused.
According to the release, the homeowner is a local pastor who helps people with addiction problems. At the sentencing Friday, he invited Burgardt to attend his church services during his probation period.