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.
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.