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The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, 12/1/98

Thursday, April 1, 1999

Kenneth Thornton was beaten with a tire iron and robbed at his business, located in a high-crime area of Memphis, Tennesse, in June 1998. After that traumatic incident, he had taken steps to ensure that he would not be victimized again. Unfortunately, when he buzzed two men in at his equipment supply company one December afternoon, he didn't recognize that one was an assailant from the earlier incident. The mistake could have cost Thornton his life, but when the second attack began, he grabbed his handgun and fatally shot one of the intruders. The other man fled on foot.

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