Circleville, Ohio (AP) -- A judge has decided not to send an Ohio man to prison for shooting at a small tractor doing some mowing along his property.
Fifty-three-year-old Randall Turner had faced up to eight years in prison on his guilty plea to felonious assault.
But a judge in central Ohio's Pickaway County handed down a three-year suspended sentence Thursday.
Turner had said he meant to disable the tractor, not hurt its operator, when he fired five shots on Aug. 4, 2008, as a ditch bordering his property was being mowed.
Earlier, turner sued the county, saying the ditch-mowing damaged his property in Ashville, 20 miles south of Columbus.
He eventually dropped the suit.
The judge also put Turner on three years' probation, fined him $5,000 and ordered his handgun destroyed.
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