An elderly Houston County couple is lucky to be alive after an intruder broke into their home. The local district attorney says the recent break-in is one reason the state should not grant as many paroles.
Officials say 58-year-old Freddie Lee Thompson broke in through a sliding glass door. The couple heard Thompson and the elderly man grabbed a shotgun and held Thompson until officers arrived.
Authorities say Thompson has a history of crime including manslaughter, burglary, larceny grand theft, DUI and drug possession.
District Sttorney Doug Valeska says Thompson was a poor candidate for parole. Because of the habitual offenders act, the minimum punishment Thompson can get for the most recent burglary charges is life in prison. But even then, Valeska says Thompson could get out on parole.