Man shot in leg by homeowner during Thurston County burglary pleads guilty

Staff writerMay 29, 2014 

A 27-year-old Lacey man whose Jan. 20 burglary of a Puget Beach Road address was interrupted when a homeowner shot him in the thigh pleaded guilty Thursday to residential burglary.

Zachary Sigby, 27, also pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree theft and four counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property in connection with an unrelated, April 2013 theft and sale of more than $1,000 worth of silver bars and coins to a pawn shop, court papers state.

At Sigby's sentencing on June 20, both the prosecution and the defense will recommend that Sigby serve a 50-month Drug Offense Sentencing Alternative, or DOSA, for both cases as part of a single plea deal.

If Sigby is granted a DOSA sentence, he will have to serve half of the 50 months in prison, and the other half under state Department of Corrections' supervision as he completes substance abuse treatment.

Thurston County sheriff's deputies arrested Sigby at the Puget Beach Road home on Jan. 20 after he had been shot, court papers state.

Also according to court papers:

The homeowner armed himself that night after entering the home with his wife and hearing noises upstairs. The homeowner walked upstairs to find the ski mask-clad suspect rummaging through his wife's office, and the homeowner ordered him to the floor.

The intruder ignored the homeowner's commands, and ran toward the homeowner on the stairs. That's when the homeowner fired a single shot that struck the man, later identified as Sigby, in the thigh.

The gunshot broke Sigby's femur. The homeowner held Sigby at gunpoint until Thurston County sheriff's deputies arrived. Sigby was treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for about five days. During Sigby's court appearance Thursday, he was still using crutches.



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