Man Who Shot Home Invaders Busted For Growing Pot

EARLVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — A homeowner who defended his property by killing an intruder was behind bars Tuesday morning.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the LaSalle County Sheriff’s office says it was Sunday morning when Joel Contreras, 47, opened fire on two men who had broken into his rural home outside the town of Earlville, about 85 miles southwest of Chicago.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

One of the alleged offenders, whose name has not been released, died at a nearby hospital . The other, Marcus Samarripa, 24, of California, fled after the shooting, but was later arrested and charged in home invasion.

Contreras now is in jail too, but the reason has nothing to do with his use of his gun to defend his home.

While investigating the home invasion, police allegedly found marijuana plants growing in Contreras’ basement.

He now stands charged with production of cannabis plants.

LaSalle County Sheriff’s police continue to investigate.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Jack

    If the whole thing took place on the main floor of the house, then what the hell were the police poking around in the guy’s basement?

    • This is Peggy

      No good deed goes unpunished.

  • tex

    BS Legalize Now!!!!

  • Don

    Wonder if the invaders were after the pot.

  • franz

    Gee Don Ya Think?

    Probably after the meth, coke, guns, and cash as well…..

    Legalization will not end all the problems, there is too much money changing hands to keep the crooks and thieves out


      States where marijuana has been legalized for “medical” use show that crime has actually gone down. Yes the money changes hands but what your limited thinking fail to realized is that the changing hands include a legal entity known as your federal or state government. Thus shop owners no matter what the background have no choice but to comply. But of course you are probably a typical ranting angry wasp “Chicagoan” who still believes in Santa Claus and the ‘”fairness” of college athletics. Go stuff your face with Italian Beef sandwiches and continue to get fat and hopefully someday soon your heart explodes.

  • Tamora Joe

    Stupid cops, give the dude a break man!

  • Centurion


  • Not falling for it

    He can kiss his FOID card good bye

  • Jackie

    What a joke. Now a days cops will do anything and everything they can just to bring another inmate into the jail. This is flat out ridiculous.

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