Kansas man shot during home invasion sentenced

EMPORIA, Kansas (AP) – A Kansas man who was shot when he and a cousin tried to break into a rural Lyon County home has been sentenced to about five years in prison.

Thirty-six-year-old Gary D. Yowell Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to concurrent sentences of 55 months in prison and six months in jail for the Jan. 2 home invasion at a home about three miles north of Neosho Rapids.

The homeowner, Ron Sleisher, shot Yowell and then held his cousin, 31-year-old Rodney E. Yowell, of Dunlap, at gunpoint after they broke into Sleisher’s house.

Sleisher was not charged because his use of force was considered justified under state law.

Yowell was sentenced to two years’ of probation.

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