Reno man pleads guilty to shooting golfer after errant shot

By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 11:46 a.m.

If you live on a golf course, it's reasonable to assume that your house may be the recipient of an errant shot every now and again.

That's what happened at the 16th hole at Lakeridge Golf Course in Reno in September 2012 to the home of a man named Jeff Fleming.

What happened next is where things got crazy.

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The unidentified golfer who struck Fleming's house -- breaking a window -- took a drop and was attempting to play his next shot when Fleming allegedly fired a shotgun at the golfer, who suffered minor injuries to an arm and both legs.

According to a report, the 53-year-old Fleming pleaded guilty to a felony charge last week. Fleming entered the plea to battery with a deadly weapon last Thursday in Washoe County District Court. He faces from probation to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine when he's sentenced Dec. 12.

In exchange for Fleming's guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop an assault with a deadly weapon charge and to go along with the Division of Parole and Probation's recommended sentence for him.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.