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By Dustin Phillips on
September 26, 2014
December 31, 2019

An�11-year-old girl came to her mother's rescue when she shot a man who broke into their home.


Reports say Leonard Demon Henry, 25, broke into a trailer home in southeast Oklahoma City early Wednesday morning. He allegedly began savagely assaulting a woman identified as his ex-girlfriend, stabbing her repeatedly in the face and neck.The woman's daughter intervened in the attack, grabbing a gun inside the home and shooting the intruder. Henry attempted to flee but was quickly apprehended.Both Henry and the stabbing victim were transported to a local hospital.Oklahoma court records indicate that the victim filed an emergency protective order against Henry last week in Cleveland County.The suspect, also known as Leo Henry, was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault and battery in Oklahoma County last year, but that case was dismissed with costs early this year.This isn't the first time a little girl in Oklahoma has shot a home intruder. In 2012, a�sixth grader in Bryan County was home alone on fall break when she heard someone trying to get into her house. Kendra St. Clair, 12, called her mother and said that someone was continuously ringing the doorbell and�banging on the door, but suddenly stopped. Her mother told her to grab a gun, go into a bathroom closet to hide, and call 9-1-1.That's when Kendra heard the man break in through the back door. While the girl was on the phone with an emergency dispatcher, she saw the closet's doorknob began to turn. Terrified, she shot through the door, striking 32-year-old Stacey Adam Jones.Jones tried to flee but was quickly apprehended. He was convicted last year of first degree burglary after a prior felony and sentenced to 30 years in prison, with the last 5 years suspended.And, of course, we cannot leave off the tale of 18-year-old teen mom and recent widow Sarah McKinley, who barricaded the door to her home with a sofa in an effort to protect herself and her 3-month-old baby. �When the intruder was not deterred by her blockade, McKinley shot and killed 24-year-old Justin Shane Martin as he came into her home.There is an urban legend circulating, but disputed on Snopes, that says an 11-year-old Montana girl shot and killed two illegal immigrants breaking into her home. While that story is not true, and is simply a tale to support gun rights and a person's right to defend himself or herself at home, the stories of these three�brave Oklahoma girls show that such a scenario is entirely possible.Oklahoma supports the Castle Doctrine, saying that a person has a right to be safe in his or her own home, and it allows the use of lethal force in a home invasion in order to protect the safety of the home's occupants. Breaking into an occupied home is first degree burglary, which is punishable by 7 to 20 years in prison. If you break into the home of an armed Oklahoman, though, your sentence could be death.


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