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The Intelligencer, Edwardsville, IL, 2/18/88

Wednesday, June 1, 1988

Hearing noises in the basement of his Collinsville, Ill., house, Thomas Williamson went to investigate, taking along his .357 Mag. handgun. Fearing for his life when he discovered a burglar trying to conceal himself on the stairs, the homeowner fired once, killing the intruder. Authorities said no criminal charges would be sought against the resident, stating Williamson was "protecting himself and his dwelling." The dead man had just completed a prison sentence for burglary.
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