A grandfather from suburban University Park was sentenced to four years of probation Wednesday for the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man whose dog had urinated in his yard.
Charles Clements, 69, a former Marine who took great pride in his lawn, could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the incident, but Judge Daniel J. Rozak told the courtroom that the incident was not about dog urine on a lawn, the Chicago Tribune reports.
On May 9, Joshua Funches was walking his dog in the 500 block of Landau Road in the south suburb when his dog wandered into Clements' yard and relieved itself. Clements confronted Funches, and the 23-year-old pushed and punched Clements before a weapon was drawn.
Clements didn't fire the weapon until after Funches cursed at him, then punched him in the face, according to testimony during his October trial.
Clements told police he shot Funches once in the abdomen because he feared the younger man would harm him.
"This is not justice," Gail Williams, Funches' aunt, told the Tribune.
Prosecutors said they respected Judge Rozak's decision, calling him an "excellent judge."
Clements had no criminal record prior to the incident.
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements.Learn more