Kan. man takes plea deal in home invasion shooting

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PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A man who shot a fleeing suspect after a home invasion in Pittsburg has accepted a plea deal.

Twenty-eight-year-old Kyle S. Taggart was scheduled to go on trial Tuesday on an attempted murder charge. But court records indicate he entered a plea of no contest to aggravated battery on July 31. Prosecutors will recommend he serve 30 days in jail and then be on probation for four years.

Taggart shot 19-year-old Mitchell E. Owens, of Kansas City, as Owens and two other men were fleeing from a robbery at a Pittsburg home in April 2012. Taggart was a friend of the homeowner.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/13juOva ) Taggart was charged with attempted murder because police investigators and Prosecutor Michael Gayoso did not believe the home invasion justified the shooting.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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