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Marine arrested, faces life in prison after shooting at armed home invader

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January 18, 2018

A Marine who was reportedly shot after an armed home invader broke his way into the house now faces felony charges after shooting back at the armed home invader, according to Fox2 Detroit.

Marine Joey Nelson was inside the Detroit-area home with his fiancee, his 3-week-old son and a few friends when a man reportedly started banging on the front door trying to force his way inside.

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Nelson grabbed his gun and cracked open the door and yelled at the man – identified as 39-year-old Michael Wilson – to leave.

“I don’t know (who he is); my son doesn’t know him; the owner of the home doesn’t know him,” Joey’s father, Steve Nelson, told Fox2.

“He opened up the door because he was standing here in the yard,” Steve Nelson added. “(Joey) told him to get off his property and at that time (Wilson) produced a gun and started shooting at my son.”

According to the family, Joey Nelson was shot in the hip before calling 911. He fired back at Wilson, who fled as police were on their way.

Investigators said the altercation started because of a mutual female friend.

Joey Nelson is now charged with assault with intent to commit murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and a felony firearm possession. Joey Nelson now faces up to life in prison if convicted. His bond is set at $150,000.

Wilson was charged with one count of carrying a concealed weapon and is being held on $5,000 bail.

“This man out here in the front yard fired multiple shots into a house with multiple people inside and a 3-week-old baby. Simple. And he’s (only) charged with concealing a weapon illegally?” Steve Nelson told Fox2.

Police also arrested Kori Willhite, 24, for disguising her identification to police and possession of improper prescription drugs.