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92-year-old homeowner kills burglar

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - He may be 92-years-old.. But apparently he's not afraid to protect himself.

"We're getting tired of this damn crap," emphasized Earl Jones, who may seem like a feisty World War II veteran, but he's had his home broken into three different times.

He said he's had enough, "They stole the television before. I had $50,000 worth of guns over there in the corner. They got them."

However, they didn't get one of his rifles, and last night, that was all Jones needed after hearing a strange noise from the basement of his Verona home, around 2:30 in the morning.

"I went and got the rifle, sat there about 20 minutes then I heard him coming
up the steps. And he kicked the door open and that was all. So I don't know
how the guy got out of there cause where I shot him, I aimed at the hear, but was in a hurry. He tumbled all the way down the steps into the basement then somebody came and got him."

Investigators identified that man as 24-year-old Lloyd Maxwell, of Richmond, but police say he may not have been a lone.

A short time later Kenton County deputies stopped a Chevrolet Impala, not far from Jones' house, with two other men and their friend dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. Their story was that Maxwell was accidentally shot while fishing.

"Out of the three, two are alive and one is deceased with a gunshot wound to the
chest," stated Tom Scheben, of the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say they learned that Ryan Dalton and Donnie Inabnit were lying and they even claimed to have taken part in the burglary.

Dalton and Inabnit are being charged with burglary and tampering with evidence. Jones was not hurt during the burglary.


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