ALTOONA, Pa. - A prosecutor says the state's castle doctrine will keep him from charging a central Pennsylvania homeowner who fatally shot a man who pounded on several windows and acted aggressively late at night
Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio tells The Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/LGDV24 ) that, under the law, Allegheny Township homeowner Timothy Lepore, who is in his 60s, was justified in shooting 24-year-old Brandon Zeth just after midnight Jan. 14.
Zeth died of his wounds a month later and investigators determined he was drunk and yelling threats, demanding to be let inside the home, because he mistakenly believed he was outside his girlfriend's residence.
Zeth's blood-alcohol content was 0.274 percent, or more than triple the level considered legally drunk in Pennsylvania. Lepore shot Zeth three times through a bedroom window.